WOLF’S TRAP- a howling great read.

Posted: February 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Imagine what it’s like to have a beast inside, a creature of the night capable of savage destruction when it’s unleashed. Imagine what it’s like trying to control such a thing, and you’ll get how Nick Lupo, the hero of WOLF’S TRAP, a unique blend of a police procedural and a horror novel, by Mr. William D. Gagliani, who sent me a signed copy, that I’ve recently read, feels.

Lupo is a homicide detective who is also a werewolf. When he unwillingly kills the sister of a psychopath, Martin Stewart, Martin goes on a nasty killing spree, especially directed towards prostitutes.  It is up to Lupo to stop the maniacal killer,but for that, he has to embrace his primal self, he has to Change into the very thing he’s trying hardly to hold back.

The novel shines at character development. Nick Lupo is a great main character, not the goody-two-shoes hero, but a flawed man with a dark past. Martin is simply demented, and the parts of the book describing his mental condition made me cringe.  Lupo’s romance with Jessie Hawkins, a rezervation doctor, is also very well done. There’s violence galore, a superbly created character cast, some Native American werewolf lore, references to progressive rock(which the author is a fan of), and all this creates a very well done werewolf novel, one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

As a word of caution, I want to say that this book isn’t for the faint of heart. If you expect oversized German Shepherds as the alter-ego of sexy, shirtless teens, look elsewhere. This is a gory, bloody, howling great read with a lot of graphic scenes. That doesn’t stop me from giving it 5 well-deserved stars, though. Thank you, Mr. Gagliani. Keep howlin’

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