Whitetooth Falls

Justin Joschko. JournalStone, $15.95 trade paper (432p) ISBN 978-1-950305-12-4
This gripping paranormal thriller from Joschko (Iron Circle) is packed with grit, twists, and murder. Det. David Moore and his partner, Walter Pulaski, investigate a mutilated body discovered outside a strip club in present day Niagara Falls. Though at first they suspect an animal attack, they are forced to consider murder when more tattered bodies turn up. Teacher’s assistant Iman al-Qaddari worries when her boss, literature professor Enoch Motes, begins acting erratically. Suspecting that Motes may be related to the murders, she sneaks into his home to get some answers and discovers far more than she expected. Iman seeks out Moore to explain what she’s seen. Moore brings Motes in for questioning, and he confesses to his part in the murders. Just as the full truth is revealed, Motes is kidnapped, and Iman and Moore must team up to find the professor and face down the real threat. Though the characters’ relationship is underdeveloped, the mystery is suspenseful throughout, and the supernatural reveal is masterfully handled. Joschko’s complex storytelling will keep readers hooked until the final bloody scene. Agent: Alec Shane, Writers House. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 08/29/2019
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
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