Friday, May 18, 2012

Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis Review + Giveaway

My name's Markowski. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a 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. Markowski wouldn't normally have much of a problem with that, but his daughter may be next on the killer's list...

I'm a big fan of urban fantasy, paranormal and mystery thrillers.  Evil Dark is an urban fantasy police procedural that I couldn't put down.  From page one, you become invested in the lives of Karl and Stan, two guys trying to carve out a living in the Occult Crimes Unit.  They solve murders for all sorts of creatures, whether it be witches, vampires, werewolves or something else.

Not only is the dialogue slick, the humor dark and the cosmos of supernaturals and humans trying to live in the same world, but the action is brash and exciting! This is actually the second book in the series, the first being Hard Spell. However, you can read Evil Dark as a standalone.  Evil Dark is a thrill to the very last page - definitely pick this one up!

Justin Gustainis was born in Northeast Pennsylvania in 1951. He attended college at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university that figures prominently in several of his writings.

After earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army.

Following military service, he held a variety of jobs, including speechwriter and professional bodyguard, before earning a Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
He was married to Patricia A. Grogan of Toledo, Ohio, from 1977 until her death in 2007. He misses her a lot.
Mr. Gustainis currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York. He is a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University, where he earned the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002.
His academic publications include the book American Rhetoric and the Vietnam War, published in 1993, and a number of scholarly articles that hardly anybody has ever read.
In the Summer of 2008, he attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

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