The story: Two thugs for hire agree to perform a simple transport job of driving a caged man to his destination and dropping him off. Sounds like easy money but the only problem is the man’s a werewolf.
Opening lines: ‘Okay, it says here that you stole …’ George Orton glanced down at his notebook, then flipped through a few pages. ‘Where did I write that down? Bear with me for a second … yeah, here it is. Sixty-three thousand dollars.’ He whistled. ‘Wow that’s a lot of skimming off the top.’
The review: ‘Wolf Hunt’ is a horror/buddy novel about two likable lugs named George and Lou who botch a transport job, allowing a caged man named Ivan to escape.
George and Lou are told Ivan is a lycanthrope but remain skeptical until Ivan surprises George by actually transforming into a werewolf. Ivan gets away and embarks on a killing spree.
George feels guilty, accepts the blame and convinces his buddy Lou to help him hunt down the murderous werewolf.
An innocent bystander named Michele also goes along for the ride.
Ivan’s capture is not guaranteed because he can transform at will into a powerful beast with sharp fangs and dagger-like claws. And bullets don't kill him.
The strength of ‘Wolf Hunt’ is the dialogue. The rapid-fire banter from George, Lou and Ivan create conflict while naturally strengthening the bond among the characters.
When a stressed-out George angrily tells his boss Ricky that he pissed in his coffee cup twice a week, he immediately recants.
‘Okay, that’s not true. I never did that. Take care of yourself, Ricky.’ George hung up the phone. ‘He’s a rotten little prick,’ he said to Lou, ‘but he deserves to enjoy his cup of coffee in the morning.’
The exchange, like many in the book, is brief but telling. George may be a thug but he isn't a jerk, and that distinction is important to him.
‘Wolf Hunt’ is one wild and hairy ride for readers who enjoy a little zaniness on their horror trips.