WOLF'S EDGE is the 4th novel in the Wolf Cycle, featuring Nick Lupo...
Can one werewolf stop a pack of super-wolves?
Nick Lupo is a homicide cop with a difference. He's a werewolf. He's worked hard to control his condition, but it isn't easy to contain the beast inside him. It also means he has some very powerful enemies. Wolfpaw Security Services is a mercenary organization that wants Lupo dead. They want to infiltrate the US military with their own werewolves and they can't let anyone—especially a fellow-werewolf like Lupo—stand in their way.
Wolfpaw's genetic experiments have created a "super-wolf" nearly invulnerable to silver, and soon their ranks will be filled with these invincible warriors. Can one wolf—even a fierce beast like Lupo—face the fangs and claws of a pack of these killers and hope to survive?
"Gagliani once more proves that werewolves are scary as hell."
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dragon Factory
"Gagliani has brought bite back to the werewolf novel!"
—CNN Headline News Book Lizard
"The best werewolf novel since The Howling!"
—J.A. Konrath, author of Whiskey Sour on Wolf's Gambit
Homicide cop — and werewolf — Nick Lupo has battled other werewolves before, killers who unlike Nick have no problem hunting human prey. So when a new series of savage animal attacks terrifies the area, Nick already has a suspect in mind. And he knows that if he's right it'll be up to him to destroy her. But even as he begins his surveillance, someone else is out there, watching them both. Someone with a very deadly plan. Someone who knows just what it takes to kill a werewolf.
"In Wolf's Bluff Gagliani once more proves that werewolves are scary as hell. The book is fast, vicious and thoroughly satisfying."
— Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Wolfman
"Wolf's Bluff is arguably the best novel in Gagliani's werewolf series. It's creepy, sexy, fast-paced and brimming with humanity."
— Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Far Dark Fields
"Wolf's Bluff will keep you biting your nails right up to its blood-drenched final. Gagliani sets a relentless pace from the first page and never lets up."
— John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The 13th
Some people are afraid there’s a wild animal on the loose, savagely tearing its victims apart. Others, like Nick Lupo, know better. Lupo knows a werewolf attack when he sees one. He should, since he’s a werewolf himself, though he’s been able to control his urges and maintain his secret. He’s also a homicide cop, so it may be up to him to hunt down one of his own kind. It looks like there’s a new werewolf in town, a rogue out only for blood. But looks can be deceiving.
Wolf's Gambit is the sequel to the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel Wolf's Trap.
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August 7, 2012
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Bram Stoker Award nominee Wolf's Trap to be reissued by Samhain Publishing!
This is the first Nick Lupo thriller, first published in 2003. Samhain will release it first as an ebook in March 2012, then in a trade paperback edition a few months later (August 2012)...
The city is its own trap. The killer stalks its streets, eager for twisted revenge.
But Up North the trap is even more brutal. The stakes are higher. And the revenge can be sweeter...
Up North, a chill wind whips through the treetops.
Clouds race past the silver-white disk rising above the woods. Moonlight bathes the landscape in silver tints.
Somewhere in the woods, a creature howls. The sound is forlorn, tragic, full of sadness. But there's rage, too, rage at the moon and its influence.
Water laps at the pier supports up and down the chain of lakes. But people lock their doors and draw their shades. Whatever's out there, they don't want any part of it.
The wind ripples through the trees, bringing with it the smell of woodsmoke.
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First novel in a projected series starring Rich Brant, intelligence agent, fixer, avenger, ex-Tunnel Rat, criminal, hero...
Tormented Vietnam veteran Rick Brant is forced to use his inconsistent and unreliable psychic ability when his beloved 19-year old niece, Kit, is kidnapped from a busy mall. Realizing that Kit has been snatched for auction by an international sexual slavery ring, Brant reconnects with his Vietnam buddies, some of them ex-cops, to help him pry her from the clutches of the ruthless Goran ("the Serb") and his gang. Her ultimate destination may be a modern harem, a brothel, a dungeon, or one of the Serb's kinky slavery clubs. Or worse. As the horror of Kit's captivity increases daily, Brant becomes rescuer, avenging angel -- and executioner. In his quest, he may find redemption for his own past sins. SAVAGE NIGHTS is a tough, pulls-no-punches, hard-noir thriller that's not for the faint of heart. You have been warned!
What they said:
"(L)et it be known that Gagliani is one of the best authors in the business today when it comes to producing gut-wrenching, violent prose. When he sets out to write a scene that is designed to knock you off your feet, you can bet that he's going to succeed in spades. His powerful words leap out of the book and throttle the reader into submission, riveting their eyes to the page ... Gagliani is a powerful writer, and a talent that deserves to be known throughout more of the horror community, and the literary landscape at large."
— Colum, DreadfulTales.com
"The action in this book is incredible. As I got closer to the pinnacle of the plot, it was as if I could not read fast enough. My eyes flew across the words, hungry for what would happen next. I was surprised at some of the twists and turns, and when the story was over, I was exhausted. It was that intense ... I think that male readers especially will devour this book, with vigor. I also think there is a good market for other female thriller fans who, like me, will appreciate the book in a much different way than men."
— Tiffany Harkleroad, Tiffany's Bookshelf
"This is a fantastic read but be warned... it is definitely not a PG-13 rated book. Although the author warned me about the explicit sex and violence in this book when he contacted me as a reviewer, I was still not prepared for the graphic dreams and flashbacks of a Viet Nam Tunnel Rat veteran suffering from PTSD. I have obviously been sheltered by friends and relatives who are veterans of that war ... Thus warned (but be prepared) don't miss out on this fantastic suspense thriller."
— Lynnette's Book World
"All in all, I cannot recommend Savage Nights enough. Gagliani has crafted a scary, nail-biting, make-you-sick thriller that doesn't hold punches or back away from the ugly side of war, death, and modern-day sex slavery."
— Judy Black, Judy Black Cloud (blog)
"I was familiar with Gagliani's horror work but I'm pleased to see he can take it to the streets, too. Tense, raw, and rich with drama and passion. Gagliani's a keeper."
— Scott Nicholson, best-selling author of Liquid Fear, The Skull Ring, The Red Church
"W.D. Gagliani writes with an almost stream of consciousness style of prose that pulled me right into the story. The characters are living, breathing masses of contradiction. The plotting is exceptional. The action is non-stop ... Picture this. If Sam Peckinpah wrote a novel, how would it read? Probably like this one ... Download it now. Read it and hold on tight."
— D.E. Mack, author of Least Wanted and Identity Crisis
MYSTERIES & MAYHEM
5 stories by David Benton & W.D. Gagliani
(Kindle, Nook, and all popular formats) plus several bonus short stories by both authors and guest John Everson!
"Mysteries & Mayhem (is) a very fitting title for such an ambitious little collection of short horror stories. Luckily, the book lives up to its name, and delivers on both the noir-ish feeling of some of the yarns, to the outright insanity and action that accompany the rest. Gagliani, as you well know, is a master wordsmith capable of bending words to his will. Benton, a newcomer to this reader, is obviously on par, holding his own and then some. The direction that these two take with these tales is not easily defined, as they jump from Dark and Sinister, to Erotic, over to a black-tinged humor, on to straight-up procedural, and then back again.
"Gagliani and Benton are a writing team made in horror heaven.
"Brilliantly relentless, sometimes nasty, and completely worth it, Mysteries & Mayhem is not only a highly recommended by from Dreadful Tales, but also a must have for anyone needing a W.D. Gagliani fix at a low price."
A collection of short stories (most of them published in highly visible anthologies). Six Honorable Mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror collections. Available for your Kindle, Nook, and all popular formats.
Thrillers: The 100 Must-Reads
Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner
Hardcover, 408 pages
The most riveting reads in history meet today's biggest thriller writers...
Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads examines 100 seminal works of suspense through essays contributed by such esteemed modern thriller writers as: David Baldacci, Steve Berry, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Heather Graham, John Lescroart, Gayle Lynds, Katherine Neville, Michael Palmer, James Rollins, R. L. Stine, and many more.
Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads features 100 works — from Beowulf to The Bourne Identity, Dracula to Deliverance, Heart of Darkness to The Hunt for Red October — deemed must-reads by the International Thriller Writers organization.
Much more than an anthology, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads goes deep inside the most notable thrillers published over the centuries. Through lively, spirited, and thoughtful essays that examine each work's significance, impact, and influence, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads provides both historical and personal perspective on those spellbinding works that have kept readers on the edge of their seats for centuries.
Table of Contents
- Homer’s The Iliad and the Odyssey (7th Century B.C.) — William Bernhardt
- Beowulf (between 700 and 1000 A.D.) — Andrew Klavan
- William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1605–1606) — A.J. Hartley
- Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719–1722) — David Liss
- Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818) — Gary Braver
- James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (1826) — Rick Wilber
- Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) — Katherine Neville
- Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) — Francine Mathews
- Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White (1860) — Douglas Preston
- Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1874) — D. P. Lyle
- H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines (1885) — Norman L. Rubenstein
- Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886) — Sarah Langan
- Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) — Michael Palmer
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) — Carole Nelson Douglas
- H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) — Steven M. Wilson
- Rudyard Kipling’s Kim (1901) — Tom Grace
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) — Laura Benedict
- Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1902) — H. Terrell Griffin
- Erskine Childers’s The Riddle of the Sands (1903) — Christine Kling
- Jack London’s The Sea Wolf (1904) — Jim Fusilli
- Baroness Emma Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905) — Lisa Black
- Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan of the Apes (1912) — Craig Reed
- Marie Belloc Lowndes’s The Lodger (1913) — James A. Moore
- John Buchan’s The Thirty—Nine Steps (1915) — Janet Berliner
- E. Phillips Oppenheim’s The Great Impersonation (1920) — Justin Scott
- Richard Connell’s "The Most Dangerous Game" (1924) — Katherine Ramsland
- W. Somerset Maugham’s Ashenden or The British Agent (1928) — Melodie Johnson Howe
- P. G. Wodehouse’s Summer Lightning (1929) — R.L. Stine
- Edgar Wallace’s King Kong (1933) — Kathleen Sharp
- Lester Dent’s Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1933) — Mark T. Sullivan
- James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) — Joe R. Lansdale
- Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1938) — Allison Brennan
- Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (1939) — David Morrell
- Eric Ambler’s A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939) — Ali Karim
- Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male (1939) — David Morrell
- Helen Macinnes’s Above Suspicion (1941) — Gayle Lynds
- Cornell Woolrich’s "Rear Window" (1942) — Thomas F. Monteleone
- Vera Caspary’s Laura (1943) — M. J. Rose
- Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock (1946) — Lincoln Child
- Graham Greene’s The Third Man (1950) — Rob Palmer
- Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train (1950) — David Baldacci
- Mickey Spillane’s One Lonely Night (1951) — Max Allan Collins
- Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me (1952) — Scott Nicholson
- Ernest K. Gann’s The High and the Mighty (1953) — Ward Larsen
- Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955) — James Rollins
- Hammond Innes’s The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1956) — Matt Lynn
- Ian Fleming’s From Russia with Love (1957) — Raymond Benson
- Alistair MacLean’s The Guns of Navarone (1957) — Larry Gandle
- Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate (1959) — Robert S. Levinson
- Len Deighton’s The Ipcress File (1962) — Jeffery Deaver
- Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey’s Seven Days in May (1962) — James Grady
- Lionel Davidson’s The Rose of Tibet (1962) — Milton C. Toby
- Richard Stark’s (Donald E. Westlake’s) The Hunter aka Point Blank (1962) — Duane Swierczynski
- John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) — Denise Hamilton
- Wilbur Smith’s When the Lion Feeds (1964) — W. D. Gagliani
- Evelyn Anthony’s The Rendezvous (1967) — Sandra Brown
- Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain (1969) — Josh Conviser
- James Dickey’s Deliverance (1970) — Terry Watkins
- Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal (1971) — F. Paul Wilson
- Brian Garfield’s Death Wish (1972) — John Lescroart
- David Morrell’s First Blood (1972) — Steve Berry
- Trevanian’s The Eiger Sanction (1972) — Lee Goldberg
- Charles McCarry’s The Tears of Autumn (1974) — Hank Wagner
- Peter Benchley’s Jaws (1974) — P. J. Parrish
- William Goldman’s Marathon Man (1974) — Hank Wagner
- James Grady’s Six Days of the Condor (1974) — Mark Terry
- Jack Higgins’s The Eagle Has Landed (1975) — Zoë Sharp
- Joseph Wambaugh’s The Choirboys (1975) — James O. Born
- Clive Cussler’s Raise the Titanic! (1976) — Grant Blackwood
- Ira Levin’s The Boys from Brazil (1976) — Daniel Kalla
- Robin Cook’s Coma (1977) — C J Lyons
- Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle (1978) — Tess Gerritsen
- Ross Thomas’s Chinaman’s Chance (1978) — David J. Montgomery
- John D. MacDonald’s The Green Ripper (1979) — J. A. Konrath
- Justin Scott’s The Shipkiller (1979) — Lawrence Light
- Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity (1980) — Linda L. Richards
- Eric Van Lustbader’s The Ninja (1980) — J. D. Rhoades
- Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (1981) — Bev Vincent
- Jack Ketchum’s Off Season (1981) — Blake Crouch
- Thomas Perry’s The Butcher’s Boy (1982) — Robert Liparulo
- Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October (1984) — Chris Kuzneski
- F. Paul Wilson’s The Tomb (1984) — Heather Graham
- Andrew Vachss’s Flood (1985) — Barry Eisler
- Stephen King’s Misery (1987) — Chris Mooney
- Nelson DeMille’s The Charm School (1988) — J. T. Ellison
- Dean Koontz’s Watchers (1988) — Lee Thomas
- Katherine Neville’s The Eight (1988) — Shirley Kennett
- Peter Straub’s Koko (1988) — Hank Wagner
- John Grisham’s The Firm (1991) — M. Diane Vogt
- R.L. Stine’s Silent Night (1991) — Jon Land
- James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider (1992) — Mary SanGiovanni
- Stephen Hunter’s Point of Impact (1993) — Christopher Rice
- John Lescroart’s The 13th Juror (1994) — Karna Small Bodman
- Sandra Brown’s The Witness (1995) — Deborah LeBlanc
- David Baldacci’s Absolute Power (1996) — Rhodi Hawk
- Gayle Lynds’s Masquerade (1996) — Hank Phillippi Ryan
- Lee Child’s Killing Floor (1997) — Marcus Sakey
- Jeffery Deaver’s The Bone Collector (1997) — Jeffrey J. Mariotte
- Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (2003) — Steve Berry
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