"Superb paranormal romantic suspense fantasy"
Frank Tallient hires Chicago based cryptozoologist Diana
Malone to investigate strange killings in the swamps near
New Orleans. Her new client wants Diana to capture whatever
is murdering the local populace; both expect a mundane
serial killer is at work, but also understand the
underlying reason he chose her is the possibility that a
more esoteric murderer, an ABC (Alien Big Cat) like a wolf
or even a werewolf is behind the slaughter.
Former Special Forces soldier and native son Adam Ruelle is
the best person to guide Diana through the bayou jungle,
but if he is even alive, which is doubtful, he is the
posterboy of recluses and probably will reject her request.
Still she tries and he reluctantly agrees when he cannot
persuade her that the only animals she wants to see is a
cub at a baseball game in Chicago. At night in the eerie
Louisiana swamps, Diana begins to fall in love with her
strange guide; an emotion she thought dead since her
beloved Simon Malone passed away. Against all he
understands about his heritage, Adam reciprocates though he
believes the "curse" needs to end with him. In daylight she
believes he hides the truth about himself and what he knows
about their prey, who stalks the scientist and her escort.
The fourth paranormal romantic suspense fantasy Moon tale
is a terrific entry in what is one of the better running
sub-genre series of the last few years. The lead couple is
an exhilarating pairing as they fall in love, but both have
monster doubts about any relationship that is if they
survive being the hunted. Readers who appreciate a strong
one sitting thriller will want to read CRESCENT MOON and
the other Lori Handeland lunar tales (DARK MOON, HUNTER'S
MOON, and BLUE MOON).
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted January 31, 2006
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 21, 2006