Format Hardcover
Publication Date 03/15/15
ISBN 9781605986982
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.5 in / 336

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Werewolf Cop

A Novel

Andrew Klavan

From Edgar Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Andrew Klavan, a supernatural thriller about a good cop in the grips of an evil curse. In the tradition of Dexter and The Shield, the first in a riveting trilogy about a crime-fighter on a quest to control the beast within.

Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he’s a soft-spoken homicide detective from Houston known for his integrity and courage under fire. He serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster who has taken over the American underworld.

After a brutal murder gives them a lead, Zach and his tough guy NYPD partner Martin Goulart feel like they’re finally on Abend’s trail. But things get complicated—and very, very weird. Goulart’s on-the-job enemies are accusing him of corruption. And Zach is beginning to suspect that Abend’s evil goes beyond crime—perhaps to the edge of the supernatural. As his investigation continues in Germany, Zach finds himself lured into the impossible. In a centuries-old forest under a full moon, a beast assaults him, cursing him forever. In the aftermath, Zach is transformed into something horrible—something deadly.

Now, the good cop has innocent blood on his hands. He has killed—and he will kill again—in the form of a beast who can’t be controlled or stopped. Before he can free himself, he’s going to have to solve the greatest mystery of all: How can you defeat evil when the evil is inside you?

Andrew Klavan is the Edgar Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including such bestsellers as Empire of Lies, Killer in the Wind, and True Crime (adapted into a film by Clint Eastwood), and Don’t Say a Word (adapted into a film starring Michael Douglas). His most recent work is Nightmare City (Thomas Nelson). His novels have been nominated for the Edgar Award five times, winning the award three times. In addition to his thrillers, Andrew has also written The Homelanders series of books for young adults. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and he maintains a blog at PJ Media. Andrew lives in Santa Barbara.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“The most original American novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich.” Stephen King
“A fast-paced page-turner that delivers all the gory thrills its title promises.” BookPage
Werewolf Cop is a fun and gripping read that is much more classic police procedural than campy horror. The end result is the most unique novel Andrew Klavan has penned to date.” Bookreporter
“Be warned: this book is loaded with provocations. The French have Michel Houellebecq; here in the US of A, we have Andrew Klavan. Werewolf Cop is his best book yet, one that starts with a rush and never lets up, dark and funny, with the bittersweet taste of the knowledge of good and evil.” Books and Culture
“Be warned: this book is loaded with provocations. The French have Michel Houellebecq; here in the US of A, we have Andrew Klavan. Werewolf Cop is his best book yet, one that starts with a rush and never lets up, dark and funny, with the bittersweet taste of the knowledge of good and evil.” Books and Culture
“Though the title might suggest more lighthearted fare, make no mistake, this is a gritty crime novel at heart. Klavan is a suspense expert, building slowly through the first half of the book and then setting a rapid, tense pace for the second. And for all of that, Klavan also infuses the text with a plentiful wry humor.” Foreword Reviews
“Multiple Edgar Award winner Klavan explor[es] the extreme thoughts and emotions his protagonist experiences. Fans of contemporary monster tales will be taken with Klavan's thriller.” Kirkus Reviews
“Horrific, hallucinatory, haunting and harrowing. Such a suspenseful yarn I couldn’t put it down, mesmerized, horrified and actually frightened. So taut and tense, and Klavan grounds the supernatural goings-on so carefully in a cop’s investigations. This horror story is awesome.” Providence Journal
“Don’t start this novel when you have only a few minutes at your disposal. Once you get into it, you are going to want to hunker down and read. Dark, violent, funny, and compulsively readable.” Books & Culture's John Wilson for 'Christianity Today'
“Klavan winds his tale tighter and tighter until the reader is hopelessly spellbound. Superb suspense by a master storyteller.” Clive Cussler
Werewolf Cop is a modern masterpiece of hardboiled horror, featuring a hero who feels like he stepped out of a Raymond Chandler novel as he confronts a dilemma that recalls the best of Stephen King—and the whole thing set to a moral sensibility that has become too rare in literature.” John J. Miller, author of 'The First Assassin'
Werewolf Cop grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go until the very end. The writing is crisp and descriptive. Straight-arrow Zach Adams has his flaws and moments of doubt. The other characters are also fully-rounded. This good read will send shivers up your spine.” AuthorLink.com
“Klavan has a knack for creating relentless, fast-paced narratives, and this thriller-horror hybrid is no exception.” Booklist
“There’s gore galore, quite cinematic in execution. While the visual imagery is potent, Klavan doesn’t neglect fleshing out his characters, lending a sense of verisimilitude to the supernatural elements of the story.” Diaboloique Magazine
“A horror novel crossed with the detective genre—more something you'd expect from John Connelly, say, than Patricia Briggs. Unlike many werewolf novels I've read, nothing in this novel feels like foreplay to the inevitable because there's already so much going on in Adams's life. It reads like the real deal, utilizing powerful elements from different kinds of storytelling because they're needed and using them to create something that we haven't really seen before.” Fantasy and Science Fiction
“A great read. It’s a slickly written, character driven crime/horror hybrid thriller that pushes all the right buttons. One hell of a ride.” LitReactor
“The two Edgars Klavan owns testify to his excellence at thrillers.” Publishers Weekly
“A horror novel crossed with the detective genre—more something you'd expect from John Connelly, say, than Patricia Briggs. Unlike many werewolf novels I've read, nothing in this novel feels like foreplay to the inevitable because there's already so much going on in Adams's life. It reads like the real deal, utilizing powerful elements from different kinds of storytelling because they're needed and using them to create something that we haven't really seen before.” Fantasy and Science Fiction
“Klavan’s characters are finely etched, lending verisimilitude to the supernatural elements of the story.” Mystery Scene Magazine
“Andrew Klavan's werewolf tale bounds along at a thrilling pace. Cinematic, rich description of setting and action.” Winnipeg Free Press