Monday, October 24, 2011

Wolf's Edge, by W.D. Gagliani

Nick Lupo is back, fighting crime as well as his inner demons.  His latest cases involve people being killed, but not just random people, each person or setting has something to do with the wolf, as if these murders are intended to send a message to Nick.  He finds himself spiraling into a world involving Nazis, mad scientists, and a seemingly invincible subspecies of werewolves.  What truths will be revealed as Nick tries to unravel the mysteries?

Nick Lupo never disappoints.  As with his past books, Gagliani gives us a book that is, well, raw to say the least.  In your face murders, overt sexuality, and the horrors on Nazi era Europe are delivered with a no holds barred fierceness.  Nothing is sugar coated here, and for that I am truly thankful.  Gagliani would never deliver wimpy monsters that sparkle or do an angsty emo pout.  His monsters are a wonderful blend of the supernatural and the real evil we see in the world.  And the grounding in reality is what makes his characters and stories seem so relatable.

I am excited that we learn a little more about Nick's family history.  While we already knew from earlier books in the Nick Lupo series how the werewolf curse came to rest on him, we now learn that this is not the first time his family has been under the lupine spell.  I liked that the past and present played out in turns throughout the book.  To me, it gave the story even that much more depth.  And as always, Gagliani's writing sent shivers down my spine.  A perfect read for a dark, dreary night.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author.

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