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Monday, January 25, 2016

WOLF'S DEAL (A Nick Lupo Novella) by W.D. Gagliani [4 stars]



 


 

 
From the Description

He kills with a crossbow. His targets are Milwaukee casino employees. Local media labels him The Archer, and homicide detectives Nick Lupo and Rich DiSanto catch the case.

Nick Lupo became a werewolf when he was a teenager, but slowly his lonely world has opened up to include the lovely North Woods reservation doctor Jessie Hawkins. And he had finally begun to shed the results of a terrible condition that brought pain -- and even death -- to people he loved, when the Wolfpaw mercenaries proved he wasn't the only werewolf... in fact, there are many more of his kind, and some of them have roots that reach back all the way to World War 2 and much, much earlier.

But right now Nick Lupo is a cop first, and The Archer seems to be taunting the police as he takes one victim and then another. Only now that Jessie's in town unexpectedly does the game turn personal for Lupo, who has to decide whom to trust with his secret, and whom to use his curse against. In the course of this case, which takes place between the novels WOLF'S GAMBIT and WOLF'S BLUFF, Lupo will face a new phenomenon in his already cluttered life, and this time he'll find that his Jessie might be in the line of fire... because The Archer has a gripe, and he's willing to take his revenge on anyone at all.

WOLF'S DEAL is a Nick Lupo novella (41,000 words) by the author of Bram Stoker Award finalist WOLF's TRAP, WOLF'S GAMBIT, WOLF'S BLUFF, WOLF'S EDGE, WOLF'S CUT, and the upcoming WOLF'S BLIND (2015). Available exclusively for the Kindle. Warning: adult content.

WOLF'S DEAL takes place between the time frame of WOLF'S GAMBIT and WOLF'S BLUFF. Horror, Thriller, Crime/Suspense, and Urban Fantasy combine for one explosive mix! Urban Fantasy fans who crave edgy, graphic horror elements especially will want to take note of this series.


 
Wolf's Deal is a ferocious thrill ride in the Nick Lupo Universe. The action is intense and the characters are realistic. As a long time fan of the series it was great to catch up with Nick and Jessie. I also loved the dynamic relationship between Nick and Sam Waters. The Archer is a creepy and realistic villain. My only complaint is that the story ended way to soon! If you're a fan of werewolves or just great stories you should grab this fast paced 4 star werewolf tale.

 


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Praise for W.D. Gagliani

 

"Gagliani has cemented his place in werewolf legend with a muscular and smart series that deserves a much bigger audience..." -- HorrorWorld

About Wolf's Gambit:

``"A great big bloody beast of a book that enthralls the reader on multiple levels. Vicious, gory, sexy, fascinating--part-supernatural thriller, part-police procedural, pure dynamite!" -- Edward Lee, author of Brides of the Impaler and The Golem

"If you're looking for the same-ol'-same-ol' werewolf story, W.D. Gagliani's Wolf's Gambit is definitely not for you. Gagliani takes a rehashed theme and breathes new life into it with a cast of memorable characters and relentless suspense. He masterfully weaves sensuality and horror throughout the story, taking the reader on a journey that redefines 'love at all costs.' Wolf's Gambit is one book you won't put down, and it's a story you'll never forget."
-- Deborah LeBlanc, bestselling author of Water Witch


"Wolf's Gambit is the equivalent of a North Woods rollercoaster -- with each brutal twist the body count rises, but you never want the ride to end! This one goes for the throat over and over again, and as you slip through the slayings with Detective Lupo in a desperate race against time, the pages seem to turn themselves! I couldn't put it down!." -- John Everson, author of Covenant and Sacrifice

About Wolf's Bluff:


"In Wolf's Bluff Gagliani once more proves that werewolves are scary as hell. The book is fast, vicious and thoroughly satisfying." -- Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Wolfman, Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, and Rot & Ruin


"Wolf's Bluff is arguably the best novel in Gagliani's werewolf series. It's creepy, sexy, fast-paced and brimming with humanity." -- Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of In Silent Graves, Coffin County, and Far Dark Fields

"Wolf's Bluff will keep you biting your nails right up to its blood-drenched final. Gagliani sets a relentless pace from the first page and never lets up." -- John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, Siren, Sacrifice, and The 13th


 
About the Author
 
 

 
W.D. Gagliani is the author of the horror/crime thriller WOLF'S TRAP (Samhain Publishing), a past Bram Stoker Award nominee, as well as WOLF'S GAMBIT (47North), WOLF'S BLUFF (47North), WOLF'S EDGE (Samhain), WOLF'S CUT (Samhain), and WOLF'S BLIND (Samhain, Nov 2015). Gagliani is also the author of the hard-noir thriller SAVAGE NIGHTS (Tarkus Press), the collection SHADOWPLAYS, the novella THE GREAT BELZONI AND THE GAIT OF ANUBIS, and the holiday-themed short stories "The Christmas Wolf," "The Christmas Zombie," "The Christmas Mummy," and "The Christmas Vampire," all available for the Kindle.

A collection of collaborations between David Benton and W.D. Gagliani, MYSTERIES & MAYHEM (Tarkus Press), is available for Kindle and all other formats. Five collaborative short stories are included, as well as one solo short story from each author, and a guest short story.

Gagliani is also the author of various short stories published in anthologies such as ROBERT BLOCH'S PSYCHOS, UNDEAD TALES, MORE MONSTERS FROM MEMPHIS, WICKED KARNIVAL HALLOWEEN HORROR, THE BLACK SPIRAL, THE MIDNIGHTERS CLUB, THE ASYLUM 2, THE X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE, SNAFU: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MILITARY HORROR, SNAFU: WOLVES AT THE DOOR, ZIPPERED FLESH 2, MASTERS OF UNREALITY, DARK PASSIONS: HOT BLOOD 13, and MALPRACTICE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF BEDSIDE TERROR (the last seven with David Benton), and more.

He has also written book reviews, articles, and interviews that have been published in places such as THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, CHIZINE, CEMETERY DANCE, HORRORWORLD, PAPERBACK PARADE, CINEMA RETRO, HELLNOTES, FLESH & BLOOD, BOOKPAGE, BOOKLOVERS, THE SCREAM FACTORY, HORROR MAGAZINE, SF CHRONICLE, BARE BONES, and others. Also published in the Writers Digest book ON WRITING HORROR (edited by Mort Castle), THEY BITE! (edited by Jonathan Maberry and David Kramer), ZOMBIE WRITING! (Rymfire Books), and in the Edgar Award-nominated THRILLERS: THE 100 MUST READS (edited by David Morrell & Hank Wagner), published by Oceanside for the International Thriller Writers. In October 2011, THE WRITER magazine published his article on writing werewolf epics.

His interests include old and new progressive rock, synthesizers, weapons, history (and alternate history, secret history, and steampunk), military history, movies, book reviewing, and plain old reading and writing. He is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). He lives and writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Find him at http://www.wdgagliani.com/ or on Facebook and Twitter.