First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss. She's Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H. P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn't want to be involved, he's beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As Carter reluctantly investigates, he discovers that H. P. Lovecraft's tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected and far more unwanted inheritance.
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By Kindle Customer on 01-04-17
all things you would expect from a Lovecraftian
this is not a tale for those looking to hear more about lovecrafts creations. instead it is a story that holds up on all its own. For those who haven't got around to understanding or researching the mythos, this book will be all the more brain raching chilling. leaving you feeling small, lost and insignificant in the grander scheme. I think not knowimg allows this story to be even more impressive.
for die hard Lovecraftians there are homeges to lovecrafts work, but mpst importantly this novel doesnt depend upon them. And for me, reinstills why I love the mythos so much.
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By Amazon Customer on 18-08-17
This is the first HPL themed book I've read besides the Titus Crow series, and I really enjoyed it. The background, plot connections and plot itself are all worked out well and the main character works brilliantly. I have to say I didn't really warm to his female lead. Found her a bit cold. But besides this niggling little point, the books a must.
There is another in the series, but I read the blurb on it and it didn't attract me, so I think I will leave it there.
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By Frae on 06-03-17
A mistakes that worked out in my favor.
This book was not at all what I thought it was when I purchased it. What it is is a story of a hardboiled detective who inherits a bookstore, as a story hook. It starts a little slow, but once the chemistry of the characters starts, the story moves a bit better.
The lead characters are forced to hunt a serial killer, who is sort of uninspiring, but he is what propels the story forward. Just because he is uninteresting doesn't mean that I did not appreciated the story; some people are just uninteresting, and I find it believable that some characters can be that way, too.
My biggest complaint about this book is the narrator. Though his male voices are superb, and very much suit the genre, his female voices sound like husky drag queens. It was very distracting.
All and all I would recommend this book to hard boiled fans who have an interest in Cthulhu mythos, but not so much Lovecraft fans or purists.
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By Map Diggy on 03-06-17
I'm not an HP Lovecraft reader, but from my outside understanding this book pays homage to the writings & genre. I enjoyed this enough to look forward to anything JL Howard may write about the Lovecraft universe in the future.
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