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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (October 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812545346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812545340
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,426,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Following her well-received first novel, Night Prayers (1998), an edgy riff on the urban vampire theme, Cacek makes an even sharper stab at another of horror's hackneyed staples, the werewolf. When a Good Samaritan shape-shifter saves aspiring journalist Cat Moselle from sure death during a bus hijacking, that act ignites a flammable chain of events in downtown Denver. Cat writes for Quest, a shameless supermarket tabloid, which transforms her "Knight in Shining Fur" into the Denver Werewolf, a headline celebrity blamed for a recent spate of bestial killings about town. In truth, Lucius Currer, Cat's supernatural savior, is a low-key lycanthrope, uncomfortable with his inescapable obligations as the alpha male of a family that resents the sudden notoriety he has brought down on them. Lucius instinctively senses something special about Cat that transcends mere physical attraction, but the couple are forced to run a gauntlet between zealous authorities, Lucius's embittered clan and a rival pack of ravenous were-folk before Cat's mystery can be revealed. Although Cacek self-consciously glosses her story with a gooey patina of beauty-and-the-beast romance, she also provides substance through her divinations of lupine predation in the fundamental relationships between men and women, parents and children, employers and employees, and journalists and news subjects. A cast of quirky characters, their witty repartee and Cacek's blend of grue and tongue-in-cheek make this one of the more engaging, if not original, werewolf yarns in recent years. (Dec. 6)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Cacek delivers with this gruesome Denver-based werewolf thriller. Canyons is adeptly written. The plot moves and builds steadily straight through to the end. Cacek's dialog is fresh and entertaining, and her characters are well developed, unique, and engaging. Frequent pop-culture references are good fun amid the mayhem." --Jennifer A. Hall, Locus

"Werewolves tear up Denver in what looks like the first of a series by Bram Stoker-winner Cacek. Brisk, and the constant flow of bizarre headlines lends a light heart to a dark fable."--Kirkus Reviews

"Cacek doesn't pull any punches. The funny parts are very funny and the violent parts are very violent. What starts as a light-hearted romance unfolds into a deeper and darker story."--The Denver Post

Customer Reviews

This is a quick and interesting read.
Mayfayre
I guess I'm just a sucker for "happy endings," or at least semi-happy endings, but this left me unsatisfied and bored.
R. Nox
I would just like to have seen the characters fleshed out a little more and the plot strengthened.
John Burris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If it looks and acts like a wolf pack hunting humans, it can only be a werewolf brood settling near Denver. Already residing in the Mile High City is the leader of another werewolf pack Lucius. He tries to act as human as possible. He lives in an apartment, works as a bartender, and dates female Homo Sapiens. He hides his heritage in order to protect his pack. However, his identity is in danger of exposure when he saves a woman's life from a gangbanger.

He picks the worst person to save, at least from a werewolf perspective as Cathy "Cat" Mosell works for the Quest, a tabloid so sleazy that its peers avoid it. She saw his transformation from man to wolf and reports her up close and personal observation to her editor. He runs a front-page expose claiming a dangerous werewolf runs loose in the city. The newly arrived werewolves are vermin challenging Lucius' more civilized crowd. With half the city already after them and now a deadly rival wanting supremacy, Lucius seems to have too much to deal with yet still wants Cat as his own.

This horror story looks deeply inside the heart, mind, and soul of a werewolf in such an in depth manner that readers will believe that this novel is a character study. The audience learns how the lycanthrope think and feel especially about their own species and their natural enemy humanity. In this wonderfully written work of fiction, P.D Cacek brings credence to the existence of lycanthropic creatures by making CANYONS a howling successful look at "reality."

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By trina king on January 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is not your ordinary werewolf book. Using the tabloid papers as focal point for the heroine, the author presents a number of twists and turns that are quite believable. Her characters are well-developed, especially Cat Moselle. Though I found parts of the book a little too graphic for my taste, overall it delivered a satisfying read. From the ending I assume there will be more books about Cat to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Burris on December 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Can anyone explain to me what the motivation of the central character was? For some reason we are supposed to believe that some kind of bond exists between Cat and Lucius but the nature of this bond is never explained. Why are they drawn to each other?
Supposedly suprising plot developments are seen coming a mile away. (Guess who else is a werewolf?) And the attempts at humor in the tabloid headlines interspersed throughout the book are groaningly awful. Lastly, the climax degenerates into a gory, splatterpunk-wannabe bloodfest. The reviews for this one led to me expect so much more.
On the plus side, the story moves along at a swift pace and the dialogue is well written and witty (the thudding attempts at humor aside.). I would just like to have seen the characters fleshed out a little more and the plot strengthened.
I know that creating a novel is hard work. I'll give Cacek credit there. But I'd really like to know what makes the central character in any novel tick. No explanation is given here and I suppose we are just expected to ignore that and get lost in all the bloodletting. If you want to read the real thing, try S.P. Somtow's "Moon Dance." (Curiously enough, Cacek cites that vastly superior novel on the Acknowledgement page.)
To sum it up, I just couldn't connect with this novel. There is an obvious setup for a sequel and I'll hope for better things. It does appear that Cacek has the chops. It just didn't come together on this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neker on September 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the other reviewers on the account that this book was very gory--especially when so much of it centered around juveniles. I found Cat (the main character) pretty annoying in her gullibility and, with the exception of the ending, the whole story to be extremely predictable.
Which is why I'm baffled with myself on the account that I finished the book in one sitting and then I went to see if Cacek wrote this as the first in a series. Yes, I actually want to continue reading these books (that is, if it is a series). Like all those other stupid humans that slow down to stare at horrible car crashes, I'm drawn to the violence and animalistic behavior Cacek showed in her characters. Considering the fact that she protrayed her characters as more animal than man, causes me to understand the ending also. Being a dog owner I know that male dogs do not "set up house" with a female dog--they'll only want her bad enough when she's in heat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The story reminded me a little of the old Kolchak: The Night Stalker TV series, with its tabloid journal background and the quirky tone and characters. Denver is well-drawn and the concept of the decrepit warehouse district of Lower Downtown harboring a renegade werewolf pack makes for creepy reading. The concept of one of Denver's oldest families being yet another werewolf clan was less well-drawn, however, though still an interesting concept.
This being a novel about the beast in all of us, feeding time inevitably comes around, but there was no reason for the level of detail Cacek brought to the violence. Still, it's a good love story with a lot of action, and the lingering fear that she plants in your mind will keep you away from warehouse districts after dark.
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