Jonathan L. Howard

Carter & Lovecraft : A Novel

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The start of a thrilling supernatural series that brings the H.P. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century, optioned by Warner Bros TV.

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The start of a thrilling supernatural series that brings the H.P. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century, optioned by Warner Bros TV.

A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year

"Carter & Lovecraft is a Pandora's box loaded with all the wonderfully twisted stuff I love, including a two-fisted homicide cop turned PI, warped realities, a mysterious bookstore, the Cthulhu mythos, a dash of romance, and creepy fish-men. What's not to love? Jonathan L. Howard knows how to show his readers a wickedly good time." —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author Dead Ringers

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case—the hunt for a serial killer—went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him.

First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss. She's Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man.

Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn't want to be involved, he's beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As Carter reluctantly investigates, he discovers that H. P. Lovecraft's tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted, inheritance.

Specifications

Series Title
Carter & Lovecraft
Publisher
St. Martin's Press
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Jonathan L. Howard
Title
Carter & Lovecraft - Hardcover
ISBN-13
9781250060891
Publication Date
October, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.50 x 5.50 x 0.88 Inches
ISBN-10
1250060893

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4.5 starsI received th...
4.5 starsI received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was very well written, very intense, and a very fun read. I'm not very familiar with HP Lovecraft's writings and mythos, but knew enough to be able to follow the thought processes in this book. I'm sure there was some that was over my head.That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Along with the elder-gods mythos, there was almost a noir-like atmosphere to this book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume in this planned series, and hopefully Mr. Howard will answer some of the many loose ends he left at the end of this one!
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This started out as a ...
This started out as a fairy tale dream: a lawyer walks into your office where you work as a P.I. and tells you that you've inherited an old house from someone you've never heard of. You go to check it out and discover there's a functioning bookstore being run out of the building, run by a beautiful, smart woman, which is now also yours. A strange and interesting new case demands your attention and then the book starts downhill. And continues, down and down and down until you're screaming in your head to please let the nightmare end!
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
4.5 starsI received th...
4.5 starsI received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was very well written, very intense, and a very fun read. I'm not very familiar with HP Lovecraft's writings and mythos, but knew enough to be able to follow the thought processes in this book. I'm sure there was some that was over my head.That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Along with the elder-gods mythos, there was almost a noir-like atmosphere to this book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume in this planned series, and hopefully Mr. Howard will answer some of the many loose ends he left at the end of this one!
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
This started out as a ...
This started out as a fairy tale dream: a lawyer walks into your office where you work as a P.I. and tells you that you've inherited an old house from someone you've never heard of. You go to check it out and discover there's a functioning bookstore being run out of the building, run by a beautiful, smart woman, which is now also yours. A strange and interesting new case demands your attention and then the book starts downhill. And continues, down and down and down until you're screaming in your head to please let the nightmare end!
4.5 starsI received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was very well written, very intense, and a very fun read. I'm not very familiar with HP Lovecraft's writings and mythos, but knew enough to be able to follow the thought processes in this book. I'm sure there was some that was over my head.That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Along with the elder-gods mythos, there was almost a noir-like atmosphere to this book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume in this planned series, and hopefully Mr. Howard will answer some of the many loose ends he left at the end of this one!
This started out as a fairy tale dream: a lawyer walks into your office where you work as a P.I. and tells you that you've inherited an old house from someone you've never heard of. You go to check it out and discover there's a functioning bookstore being run out of the building, run by a beautiful, smart woman, which is now also yours. A strange and interesting new case demands your attention and then the book starts downhill. And continues, down and down and down until you're screaming in your head to please let the nightmare end!

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4.5 starsI received th...

4.5 starsI received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was very well written, very intense, and a very fun read. I'm not very familiar with HP Lovecraft's writings and mythos, but knew enough to be able to follow the thought processes in this book. I'm sure there was some that was over my head.That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Along with the elder-gods mythos, there was almost a noir-like atmosphere to this book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume in this planned series, and hopefully Mr. Howard will answer some of the many loose ends he left at the end of this one!

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

My thanks to the folks...

My thanks to the folks at the Horror Aficionados group for selecting this book as the February audio group selection, this giving me the opportunity to read and discuss it, and many other fine books, with others. I really enjoyed this book. It provided a good mix of horror and comedy that reminded me of the old TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The interpersonal dynamic between ex-cop turned private eye Dan Carter and antiquarian bookstore manager Emily Lovecraft is perfect, very enjoyable. Another thing I enjoyed about the book is that it bears out my attitude towards H.P. Lovecraft. It's my belief that he was a thoroughly loathsome individual and a writer of marginal quality, at best. The one thing he has going for him is the Cthulhu mythos that he created. It is a perfect framework that other, more talented authors than H.P., could expand upon with great success. Thank you Jonathan L. Howard for proving me right. I never entirely got a firm grasp on Howard's attitude towards Lovecraft but the fact that he made the racist and misogynistic author's great great grand niece a woman of color gave me an inkling that we were pretty much on the same page. I don't want to relate too much of what happens for fear of spoiling other readers' enjoyment but I will say it begins with a series of inexplicable events and deaths that defy the rules of physics. From there things just get curiouser and curiouser, all the way to a really great twist at the end. I very much hope there is a sequel in the works. This would make a great series. BTW: Ari Fliakos did a tremendous job narrating the audio version of this book.

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I am a straight-up Lov...

I am a straight-up Lovecraft junkie, so I may have been overly generous in my assessment. Any complaints I had, however, were minor. Fans of HPL will be pleased.

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I enjoyed this book a ...

I enjoyed this book a lot. Grabs you and holds on. Can't wait to read the next one,

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I chose this because I...

I chose this because I enjoyed Howard's "Johannes Cabal" series so much, but this turned out to be not very similar at all. Different, but excellent in its own way. Set in "our" world, this is far more a detective adventure than magical steampunk, even given a few tentacled beasties. Carter and Lovecraft are engaging characters, the story moved along nicely, and, given the state of the world "when we last left our heroes," I'm very pleased that a sequel, "After the End of the World," is expected to be out in November!


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