By W. D. Gagliani
Nick Lupo is a good
cop with an unusual secret. Nick is a werewolf and even after many
years he is still trying to come to terms with that fact and learn how
to control the animal within him. Nick may be a werewolf, but he is on
top of his strange situation enough to be of danger to nobody. Most of
the blood and guts of this story are supplied by a serial killer. Nick
doesn't know it, but the killer he is hunting is also hunting
him. What Nick does quickly come to realize though, is the fact the
killer might be the one person in the world who knows his secret; so
Nick needs to figure out he killer's identity, and also how they know
so much about him.
As far as serial killers go the one in this book is a little different.
He has unusual tastes and an unhealthy obsession with lipstick. He's a
strange guy, he's a dangerous guy, and he is working to a plan—that's
all I'm prepared to give away.
When Nick and his partner, Ben, are brought in to investigate the death
of a young prostitute, found mutilated in a public toilet, Nick
discovers the victim was his friend and neighbour, Corinne Devereaux.
This is a terrible shock for the young detective because although he
and Corinne were just good friends he cared about her deeply, perhaps
more than he ever realized, but it is too late now, the killer's knife
has closed that particular avenue of thought forever.
On a whim, Nick opens what he thinks might be the door to a Janitor's
storage closet, and finds himself in a mall service tunnel,
where he discovers a message, written on the wall, in his friend's
ONE FOR YOU, NICK!
The other cops, with the possible exception of Ben,
put this down to the work of Satanists. "Nick's another name for
Satan—you know, Nick Scratch," a forensics tech tells him. "Yeah," Nick
says, but he knows better.
I have not read a lot of werewolf novels. In fact, I think that Wolf's Trap is only
the second one. Because of this I cannot say how Wolf's Trap does or
does not compare to other similar works, but I can say that I enjoyed
Trap is a well crafted and interesting story with a lot
happening. The main story concerns Nick's hunt for the killer. But
there is also the back story of what happened to Nick to make him what
he is, along with his ongoing work to exercise some kind of control
over his change and over the beast within. The book also contains the
killer's story, and a little of what, perhaps, contributed to the way
that he is. Then there is a touch of romance, because not all of Nick's
need are animal and, like anyone else, he needs love, but with a killer
on his tail (figuratively speaking) he might be a dangerous person to
Trap is 373 pages long and I think that the best way for
me to describe it would be to say that it is crime story where the main
character just happens to be a wolf in cops clothing. It is a book
though, that a lot of readers might enjoy, not just horror fans. If you
horror fan, however, I should point out that book was a finalist for
the 2003 Bram Stoker award, which should, I
think, say it all.