Book Chat: The Wolfman
Once a week I’ll be discussing a Book or Movie/TV Series I love. Or posting a submission from a reader/author about a movie or book in the horror or zombie genre. Sharing the love of a book or movie as if you were talking with a friend.
A fascinating werewolf tale that I could not put down and stayed in my thoughts for hours after reading!
Marlowe Higgins has had a hard life. Since being dishonorably discharged after a tour in Vietnam, he’s been in and out of prison, moving from town to town, going wherever the wind takes him. He can’t stay in one place too long–every full moon he kills someone.
Marlowe Higgins is a werewolf. For years he struggled with his affliction, until he found a way to use this unfortunate curse for good–he only kills really bad people.
Settling at last in the small town of Evelyn, Higgins works at a local restaurant and even has a friend, Daniel Pearce, one of Evelyn’s two police detectives.
One night everything changes. It turns out Marlowe Higgins isn’t the only monster lurking in the area. A fiendish serial killer, known as the Rose Killer, is brutally murdering young girls all around the county. Higgins targets the killer as his next victim, but on the night of the full moon, things go drastically wrong.
There are rare times when you read a book that stays with you after you’ve finished it. Haunts you. This was such a read. I kept thinking about the main character, Marlowe, and what he went through. And how beautifully the author created this world.
Marlowe is a werewolf. Unlike many such stories, he was not bitten, but born a wolf shifter. He has finally settled after many years of wandering, into the quiet environment of a small town. This is new for Marlowe, who spent all his adult life running from his curse, moving from town to town. What changed, was his odd friendship with the sheriff of the town, and realizing he could actually help people in his werewolf form.
He watches for stories in newspapers about criminals and then “sets” his inner wolf after these human monsters during the full moon. Marlowe has been torn up inside for years by the werewolf’s regular slaughter of innocents. Now he has found a way to channel the beast to do good. Vigilante extraordinaire!
One serial killer stumps Marlowe. He is a particularly grisly murderer, targeting young women. The werewolf can’t track the killer at first and it’s a mystery why. When he finally discovers the man in his human form, it is quite funny and satisfying how he lets the wolf loose to take vengeance for the murdered women.
What really got me was how Marlowe thought he was a disgusting, irredeemable creature. But still, the author was able to convey that in spite of Marlowe’s self-hatred there was good in him. And you feel really sorry for him.
The author was a volunteer policemen and it showed in his writing. It was real and gritty. It is really sad that he was killed at a young age while fighting crime. You can see parallels in Marlowe and his desire to help people, and the author’s desire to do the same. The editor writes a foreword praising the talent of Pekearo and how the world will never know the pleasure of further works from him. He planned on making The Wolfman a series. If you love werewolf stories I highly recommend you read this wonderful addition to the genre.