Skin of the Wolf

Skin of the Wolf

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Sam Cabot is the pseudonym of Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan. In Sam Cabot's exhilarating new novel, a vicious murder in Sotheby's begins a series of inexplicable events surrounding an Iroquois ritual mask--and a secret that could unleash the most terrifying chaos and destruction the world has ever seen.
 Months after Father Thomas Kelly, art historian Livia Pietro, and scholar Spencer George found themselves racing through Rome in a desperate effort to locate and preserve an incalculably valuable docu-ment, the three are about to be reunited in New York City. Thomas, still trying to assimilate what he learned--that vam¬pires exist, and that Livia and Spencer are among them--is looking forward to seeing Livia again. Livia is excited to be allowed into the back room of Sotheby's for an exclusive viewing of an ancient Iroquois mask. And Spencer's in love. But before the three can meet, Spencer is badly injured when he's inexplicably attacked in Central Park--by a wolf.

That same night, a Sotheby's employee is found brutally murdered. Steps from her body is the mysterious native mask, undamaged amid the wreckage of a strug¬gle. As rumors begin to swirl around the sacred object, Thomas, Livia, and Spencer are plunged deep into a world where money, Native American lore, and the history of the Catholic Church collide. They uncover an alarming secret: The wolf is a shapeshifter, and the mask contains a power that, if misused, could destroy millions of lives with the next full moon.

In Skin of the Wolf, Sam Cabot masterfully blends historical fact, backroom conspiracy, and all-encompassing alternate reality as the Noantri discover they aren't the only humans set apart by their natures--there are Others.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780399162961
Branch Call Number: CABOT
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm

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andymae123 Feb 17, 2015

As a fan of Preston/Child, I was very much intrigued by the description of this book, especially because of the art history aspect of the plot. It began well, with likeable characters and a fascinating premise, but for me it became much too predictable and was ultimately unsatisfying. One doesn't expect great literature in this genre but even with that caveat the writing seemed amateurish -- not up to the standard one might expect from writers with the reputation described in the bio. I'd be interested to know how many readers actually gave it a 5-star rating and why.

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