Full Wolf Moon
by Lincoln Child
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 16 May 2017
Courtesy Netgalley and Edelweiss
I have enjoyed Lincoln Child’s novels for years, both his solo works and those written with Douglas Preston. I was excited to see Full Wolf Moon available for an Advance Review Copy from both Netgalley and Edelweiss. I requested from both to double my odds of scoring a copy. What do you know? I ended up with copies from both.
Jeremy Logan is a professor of Medieval History at Yale in Massachusetts. He first appeared in Deep Storm published in 2007 as a minor character. He appeared again in a side role in 2009’s Terminal Freeze. Logan finally got a bigger part in the 2012 thriller The Third Gate. The Forgotten Room, published in 2015 was all his. It is also the only one of the four I had not read. Full Wolf Moon to be published in May 2017 is again built around Logan’s character. In addition to his day job as a historian, Logan moonlights (pun intended) as an enigmalogist or one who studies unexplained phenomena. It is in this capacity that he appears in the novels named.
Logan is in the Adirondack Mountains at an artist retreat. He is planning on spending several weeks cut off from distractions to finally finish a medieval history academic paper. The retreat has a good reputation and is hosting Logan as a historian, certainly not in his other capacity. The first night at the retreat, an old classmate from Yale arrives, now serving as a Ranger for the wilderness areas that comprise the Adirondacks. There have been several murders over the last few months in an area around Desolation Mountain (great name but not sure I would buy real estate there). The Ranger asks Logan to look into the murders as a favor to him as a friend. There is something “wrong” about the situation that the Ranger cannot quite put his finger on. Logan has to separate fact from fiction and study the myths of the isolated area to try to find answers. He also has to finish his academic paper and not attract unwanted attention to the artist retreat and be asked to leave.
Logan was an interesting character. One of the area residents, Albright, was also interesting. The rest of the characters were somewhat two dimensional, including the Ranger. I never really had a strong feel one way or the other for any of them. I figured out the villain as soon as he was introduced. By the time I reached the last quarter of the book, I knew the basics of how, who, where, why and when. So the ending was not a total surprise. It was an enjoyable read though I have enjoyed Child’s stand alone novels Utopia and Death Match more. I would recommend Full Wolf Moon as an enjoyable mystery. If you are looking for full out werewolf horror Benjamin Percy’s Red Moon is still the yardstick by which I measure.