Five Star, August 2003, 25.95, 273 pp.
Boston residents think of homicide detective Frank T. Wolfe as a hero because he puts vicious felons behind bars though his peers and superiors think he is a loose cannon. Frank, Hairy to his few friends, hates criminals with a passion and as a werewolf with superhuman senses and strength, he brings specials weapons against those who walk the wrong side of the law. Unfortunately for Frank, he caught a mutated form of the lycanthropic virus and is always in a half human half-wolf form.
Police Officer Ryan applies for a detective position. He is offered the promotion if he partners with Frank, something he doesn't really want to do. The werewolf lost twelve partners in six years and although none can be linked to deeds done by Frank, Internal Affairs wants to prove he had something to do with their deaths. Ryan accepts the assignment because he admires Frank and knows he is truly a hero. On their first case together involving a dead librarian, a series of book store robberies and an assassination attempt, the two partners find they complement each other as they try to take down the mastermind who is behind all the crimes that make up this case.
SURVIVING FRANK is a tongue in-check police procedural horror novel starring a caring protagonist who has adjusted very well to his handicap. He acts like a tough macho man but has his vulnerable moments and his partner recognizes them for what they are. Ryan genuinely cares about the werewolf and if he can find a way of SURVIVING FRANK, he thinks they will make a strong crime fighting team.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner