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Evil Dark (An Occult Crimes Investigation Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Justin Gustainis
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also a crucifix, some wooden stakes, big vial of holy water and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

A series of seemingly motiveless murders of supernatural creatures points to a vigilante targeting the supe community of Scranton.

Markowski wouldn’t normally have much of a problem with that, but his daughter may be next on the killer’s list…

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Unnatural Law | Thicker Than Water | The Bite Stuff | Duty Calls ]

Praise and Reviews:

“Justin Gustainis is a first-class writer; he’s smart and he’s fun, he moves quickly and he takes corners at speed. Every time you think you know where he’s going, he makes a point of going somewhere else. His characters are sharp and vivid, his dialogue crackles with wit and tension, and when it comes to the scarier corners of the magical underworld, he knows his stuff.” - Simon R Green

“Great writing, well paced, with twists and turns at every angle, it throws a spotlight on our own society, making you question your own choices in life.” - Montoya of the Geek Syndicate

“Gripping hardly covers it. I simply couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished it.” - David Brzeski, for The British Fantasy Society

“Gustainis has proved himself time and time again, and it is no surprise to me that Evil Dark is another cracking novel.” - Theresa Derwin, Terror-Tree

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�... an exemplary example of an urban fantasy story and I can't wait to read more in the series... 5 *****'s� S F Book... �A magical mystery tour of a murder case rife with supernatural suspects. Sit down for an enchanted evening of otherworldly entertainment!� Laura Resnick... "Fans of TV shows like Supernatural and Grimm will find this worth a read, and it's a lovely mix of real world nightmare and fantastic horror." - Starburst

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (22 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WU2QWQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping hardly covers it. 4 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a combined review of the first two books in the series, based on review copies supplied by the publisher.

Books set in an alternate reality, where vampires, werewolves, witches and other supernatural beings are not only real, but are known to exist by the general populace, are not uncommon these days. They are rarely this well handled. Gustainis cleverly rewrites our history in the light of the existence of "supes". The McCarthy witch-hunt, for instance, was actually a witch hunt. The civil rights movement fought for the rights of supernatural beings. There are endless cultural (and pop cultural) references which help in creating a believable background for these books.
'Hard Spell', introduces us to Stan Markowski of Scranton PD's Occult Crimes Unit. We also have meth addicted goblins, a vampire wizard and a serial killer who is targeting "supes". As the book progresses, we meet the new partner he has to break in, the department's consulting witch, a very different sort of SWAT team and eventually find out just why Markowski hates vampires.
It's fast paced, witty and scary and would get a good review from me on its own.
'Evil Dark', however, is even better. Despite all the fantasy supernatural elements, Gustainis never loses the authentic feel of the Scranton Police department and the people who work there. They act like real cops, working in a real precinct. The story is as hard-bitten and scary as any classic serial killer novel.
Someone is making a truly twisted variant on "snuff films", and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Markowski has to deal with his partner's new status, the FBI, neo-nazi human supremacists and a new top dog in the supernatural community, all the while trying to avoid being murdered himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jules, Bath 30 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this second instalment as much as I loved the first book. The story was engrossing right from the outset, with a strong plot line, well developed characters, smart and snappy dialogue, danger, humour and lots of action - what more could you want?! So glad to see that there`s going to be at least another book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great second installment 26 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
this is the second in the series and carries on from the first. the characters are fleshed out more and the ground work for great series is laid. no idea why another review slated it but its efinitely a good read and kept me turning the pages. no spoilers read it yourself and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Police Procedural in an alternate reality 19 April 2013
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This is the first book that I have read by this author and I'm impressed. Before buying I read the reviews and thought that I'd enjoy it and it was worth every penny. I only regret is that I read book two before book one (which I have now got,) so I know more or less what is due to happen to the characters. It's interesting to have a cop-based supernatural thriller as a lot of the occult detectives in other works can be a bit irritating like Carnacki and John Silence. If my town was invaded by the Undead, I'd feel safe in the hands of the Scranton PD.

Peter Birchwood
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