Meisha Merlin, June 2002, 16.00, 353 pp.
Although humans don't know it, werewolves exist right in your community. They don't think much of Homo sapiens believing that between overpopulation and war, eventually the “weres” will inherit the earth one day. They try not to call attention to themselves because the humans have superior numbers and can easily kill them off.
When homicide detective Allison Goodnight, a “were” herself, is called in to investigate a homicide she immediately knows that the victim was murdered by one of her own kind. Allison and the other “weres” on the police force are trying to track the rogue down before the humans on the case realize exactly what they're dealing with. Allison also has to seem open with her new partner without revealing things to him that could call attention to her race, a difficult juggling act at best.
Lee Killough is a master storyteller who combines the supernatural with the mystery genre creates a novel that is original and fascinating to read. The protagonists take on the human race adds a touch of whimsy to a serious and complex story line. Let's hope there are more novels in the future staring this refreshingly unique heroine.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner