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Evil Ways (Quincey Morris, Book 2) Paperback – December 30, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165933
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justin Gustainis is a college professor living in upstate New York. He is the author of the novel 

The Hades Project (2003), as well as a number of short stories. In his misspent youth, Mr. Gustainis was, at various times, a busboy, soldier, speechwriter and professional bodyguard. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Justin Gustainis grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania and is now a college professor living in upstate New York. Prior to his career in academe, he was, at various times, a soldier, garment worker, speechwriter and professional bodyguard. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Scranton (a school that figures prominently in several of his novels) and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Gustainis began writing fiction in the mid-1990s while maintaining his academic job. He focused initially on short stories, and won prizes in a number of writing contests, including the prestigious Raymond Carver story competition. His stories won the Graverson Award for Horror twice, in consecutive years. In 2008 he was accepted for and attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop.
His books include the novels THE HADES PROJECT (2003), BLACK MAGIC WOMAN (2008), EVIL WAYS (2009), SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (2011) and HARD SPELL (2011), as well as an anthology he edited, THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS: TALES OF OCCULT DETECTIVES (2011).
He was married to Patricia Grogan from 1997 until her death in 2007. He finds that he misses her very much.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ocelott on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Written in the third person, the complex story is told from the perspective of all the major players, heroes and villains alike, which gives a lovely sense of depth and an emphasis on the mystery/crime aspect as well as a better understanding of what exactly is happening and what's at stake if Quincey and Libby fail to solve the mystery and stop the bad guys. Knowing not only who the villains are, but their plans and motivations helps ramp up the tension.

I love Quincey and Libby, and I really really love the relationship between the two of them. There's no romance here. The two are very close friends, they've worked together many times before and as a result, they're able to read each other's moods and expressions, especially in a crisis. The banter between them is wonderful, and while they're protective of each other, neither is at all interested in starting up romance (or even a little sex). It strikes me as a little sad that this is such an unusual relationship to read about, but on the up side, it's handled very, very well here. I could probably read an entire book just about Quincey and Libby hanging out on their down time.

Something else that filled me with unspeakable glee? All the fictional character cameos. From Silence of the Lambs's Jack Crawford to Millennium's Frank Black to Harry Dresden, there's no shortage of genre-related in-jokes. These are hidden references of the best sort: anyone who gets them will get a giggle, but if you miss the significance, it won't hinder your understanding of the story.

Even better than the cameos is Gustainis's depth of understanding of his genre, both in the supernatural and mystery solving.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2010
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I think that EVIL WAYS improves on BLACK MAGIC WOMAN, not that BLACK MAGIC WOMAN was at all horrible. Writer Justin Gustainis has tweaked a couple of things, and the result is that EVIL WAYS is a more exciting, more suspenseful read. In this paranormal thriller, the stakes get about as high as they can get.

It starts off with a daring heist which costs the Baghdad National Museum one of its most mysterious artifacts, the Book of Shadows (which resurfaces in a bit). In Los Angeles, occult troubleshooter-for-hire Quincey Morris - and, yes, his ancestor was the very same Quincey Morris featured in Bram Stoker's classic horror novel - is "convinced" by the FBI to help investigate the new rash of ritualistic child murders. Meanwhile, followers of the Right-Hand Path - that is, the benevolent white witches - are being targeted and assassinated, and this means that Morris's friend and sometimes case partner, Libby Chastaine, is in grave peril. Libby figures the best way she can stay alive is if she kept Quincey company. She helps him on his case. He watches her back.

The FBI works the child murders from another angle. Special Agent Fenton is back from BLACK MAGIC WOMAN and he's a bit more used to the paranormal stuff now. It doesn't hurt that his new partner of eight months, she seems to be up on what's weird and mystical. She's certainly nursing a secret. Unlike in the first book, Special Agent Fenton's investigation actually loops him into the main story arc. On Walpurgis Night - or to go with its more ominous name, the Witch's Sabbath - the very-out-of-their-jurisdiction federal agents, and Morris and Chastaine, and their allies converge in Idaho for one of those supernatural all-hell-breaks-loose kind of showdowns. And the Book of Shadows? It plays a key part in all this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader VINE VOICE on January 20, 2012
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Jim Butcher and Simon Green and I all thought this author had great potential. I based my opinion on his first book and his Occult Crimes Unit book I read.

Short version: If youre more forgiving about author errors, and weird nonsense other series tie-ins, and dont mind slightly masogonistic series', and $6 for you aint a big deal for a book that is edited like a 99c one, this is a 4 star book. Seriously, there are some great parts/concepts.

About 2/3 of the way through this book I had to put it down. (I had to rally really hard to pick it back up and power through it--but I did.) An FBI Agent/white witch decides she has to sleep with a convict in a prison interrogation room in order to get information from him. And shares with her partner about the lack of clothing shes wearing under her skirt about 2 minutes before. The author also employs some, what come across to me as cheap, references to Harry Dresdon, and also Millennium the TV Show. There are also X-Files references so apparently the heroes watch that show in their universe but Millennium never got picked up and Jim Butcher never made it as a writer.

I can get into fiction/fantasy if it has a well built consistent world. This author seemed to be able to mostly do it in the two previous books. This one he over reached or didnt have the same editor or rushed it or something. There are some parts that are good. Other parts grate on the reader.

Paraphrased: 'He had some sort of plastic gun like a glock or sig sauer' Also some of heroes use automatic 45 pistols (the term is semi-auto) If an author is going to make his hero condescending about guns because he's some sort of expert he should do the research to back it up.
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