Detective Lara Mendes’s has been dreaming of joining the homicide department and when she is finally given her chance she is partnered up with John Gallagher, a veteran detective who loves to ‘always get his guy’ and does not want a partner. Gallagher considers ditching the green detective, but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says this case belongs to the duo.
What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs. That in itself is enough to make person shudder and call this guy a wackjob, but the kicker is…the suspect believes he is a werewolf.
However this is Portland, crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there’s another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn’t crazy…
First off, Bad Wolf, is set in the Portland, Oregon area, so it was neat to hear about local street and landmarks and know where certain scenes are taking place. I really enjoyed the story that Tim McGregor created. It is a werewolf story, but it’s not a “creature feature” the primary focus is on the characters of Mendes and Gallagher, both of whom I really enjoyed learning about. The author did an excellent job creating interesting backstories for his protagonists, as well as his wolfy antagonist. Another very likable character is Amy, Gallagher’s daughter who is interested in her father’s work…sometimes a bit too interested for her father’s liking.
Bad Wolf is one of those books that you can easily visualize what is happening to the characters. The violence was detailed, but I didn’t feel it was graphic or overly gory. It was, also, not over the top to where I rolled my eyes at what was happening. It was definitely not your typical werewolf story and I enjoyed the change that Bad Wolf had to offer.
You can learn more about Tim McGregor’s writing by following him on Twitter: @TimMcGregor1 and by checking out his blog Ink Spatter. Bad Wolf can be purchased in eBook form over at Amazon by clicking the cover image above or for your Barnes & Noble nook (HERE)
Espresso rating: Triple with a splash of milk