Hard Spell : Occult Crimes Unit Investigations

  • by Justin Gustainis
  • Narrated by Peter Brook
  • Series: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy "live and let unlive" relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that's when they call me.
"My name's Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD's Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets."
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. He is currently a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University. His popular series of urban fantasy novels featuring investigator Quincey Morris include Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman, and the forthcoming Sympathy for the Devil.

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Most Helpful

A perfect recipe.

Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Spell to be better than the print version?

I haven't had the pleasure of the print version - as yet.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I wouldn't be able to settle on a favourite. The whole is so good and better than its parts.


What about Peter Brook’s performance did you like?

His ability, within his vocal tones, to be able to "portray" women, nationalities, accents, etc. he also has a wonderful sense of the funny parts but doesn't make his performance feel like someone has just held up a "Laugh" board to the listener.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh, most certainly.


Any additional comments?

It was simply my ideal mixture, but with added humour for spice. Please keep them coming, Mr Gustianis!

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- Sue

Refreshing and Funny!

A fantastic story, it mixes the the urban fantasy with the crime detective novel and adds comedy. The story line keeps you interested to the end, with all the twists and turns you would expect from a detective story. The author also allows the character to grow on you! Stan reminded me of Harry Dresden but with a real detectives brain and no magic!
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- Amazon Customer "I enjoy a good plot, well thought out characters, witty banter and to be amazed by the creativity of the author!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios