Review: Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot

Sam Cabot’s Blood of the Lamb gave us priests and vampires, so guess what Skin of the Wolf brings? 😉

Review: Skin of the Wolf by Sam CabotSkin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot
Published by Blue Rider Press on July 31st 2014
ISBN: 9780399162961
Genres: Thrillers
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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 document, the three are about to be reunited in New York City. Thomas, still trying to assimilate what he learned—that vampires 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 struggle. 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.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

Father Thomas Kelly and art historian Livia Pietro are in New York City, hoping for some peace and quiet after the events in Blood of the Lamb. They find neither as they’re pulled into a murder-mystery that plays out amongst Native American artifacts up for auction, and find out that not all folklore is just stories.

I enjoyed Skin of the Wolf for its interesting addition to the cast of characters, namely the Native Americans and the art going up for auction. I liked the bits of culture we got, and I wished there was more of it. But beggars can’t be choosers and all that, so I’ll shut up about it now. I also enjoyed the introspective look at life for the Noantri. It must really have been lonely thinking you’re the only “other” in the world, never mind boring as well… 😉

The murder-mystery itself is just a link in a chain of events that have the good guys running in circles, multiple steps behind the plotting and planning that leads to a culmination that spells disaster – either for those involved, or for the rest of the Unchanged (i.e. mortals). The running-around was a bit disappointing; I wanted the heroes to be just a tad more spot-on, if you will. Then again, I guess nobody’s perfect.

Like Blood of the Lamb and others of its ilk, Skin of the Wolf is a race against time to save the world as we know it – and fans of the genre will quite enjoy it.

drey’s rating: Pick it up!

Have you read Skin of the Wolf? What did you think?

About Sam Cabot

Sam Cabot is the pseudonym for:

S.J. Rozan is the author of many critically-acclaimed novels and short stories which have won crime fiction’s greatest honors, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan now lives in lower Manhattan.

Carlos Dews is a Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University where he directs the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. He lives in Rome, Italy.