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  • Series: Donovan Graham
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804059
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason from Iowa on May 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
A quick, non-spoilery review would go as follows: the book was so good within 10 minutes of finishing I went online to see if there were more "Donovan Graham" books. There are not. I am sad.
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What starts out as a scholar helping a priest concerning a murder by scorpions in the first couple chapters just gets weirder. The protagonist, Donovan Graham, finds himself chasing a shadowy figure whose end game is obscured but whose methods are certainly grisly. I saw this book in a bookstore and picked it up on a whim. I do that on occasion, get yanked into supernatural kinda books, but too often find them wanting, getting cheesy too fast. This book was not like that. I am happy to say the actual supernatural stuff, the firm stuff, didn't happen until about halfway through the book - until that point it could just be read as a weird police procedural with occult decorations. I started and finished the book within 24 hours which is my litmus test for 'good read'. Is it a great book? Probably not - keeping Donovan Graham super-cool with a motorbike and hot DA girlfriend I thought was kinda sophomoric. And by the end of the book there are so many powerful literary figures running around you wonder what the heck the author can do for a follow up that won't seem lame in comparison. On another note, though, I was impressed the author didn't give it a "everything is sunshine" ending - there are real consequences to Donvan's life due to the events in the book, and the secondary props and characters you assume would be series totems do not pan out that way. I'm not going to shove a copy of this into everyone's hands but for me, wanting a good read, this was worth it and I would read more - hoping the author can keep the frenetic pace (whatever other criticisms people may lob at this book, no one will say it is boring!) while maybe making Donovan and his world a little more real.
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As a fan of occult-horror and New York detective fiction (that’s why you’re reading this, yes?) you should get hold of Thomas Morrissey’s Faustus Resurrectus. But before you do, as a fan of Gotham-gothic architecture (right?), go up and see the old Cancer Hospital on Central Park West at 106th.

With perfect pitch for twinning the malignant and the malevolent, author Morrissey has struck upon, in this spookily quirky and oppressive building, the ideal setting for his tale’s epicenter of Evil. Faustus is one of those novels where the city is a character in the story, and this eldritch edifice of death-drenched sandstone plays a major role. It literally emits darkness.

The book’s cover identifies Faustus Resurrectus as “A Donovan Graham” novel. It’s actually the Donovan Graham novel, the first featuring the motorbike-riding, margharita-mixing investigator. But he’s not just one more cynical city detective. Donovan is a tough-guy scholar with a freshly-minted Master’s in ‘Philosophical hermeneutics.” As one of the characters tells him, “You’re the expert on esoteric things, dude.”

And it’s a good thing he is, too, because this arcane lore is just the ticket. Who else is capable of coaxing clues from the Compendium Maleficarem in order to save the city? And with the aid of his priestly mentor, Father Maurice Carroll, Donovan is able to manipulate magic pentagrams, apprise the police (command center at Columbus Circle) of which antique weapons to deploy against a satanic enemy, and do battle with “The Charming Man”, a psycho with a yen for Graham’s lawyer girlfriend, Joann.

That Graham’s master’s thesis is about the Faustus legend also serves him well, though you’ll have to read the book to find out how (vide title).
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By Samantha on September 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a real page turner. The author gives just enough to build the suspense without giving it away. Very imaginative in his storytelling, the subject matter well researched and excellent character development. I couldn't put the book down!! If you have not yet read this book, do yourself a favor and buy it ... you won't regret it! Can't wait for the next one!!
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Format: Paperback
This book came to me without any hint as to it genre or contents - a loan from my daughter. The title gave me hope that it would be interesting, but little did I know... In my opinion the author does a grand job of leading the reader along what seems to be familiar and expected and just about the time you're sure you've got it all figured out - Bam! And as a bonus, he throws in a few slightly sick and twisted bits of humor that make the reading fun as well. Thanks for a good read!
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Format: Kindle Edition
An exciting romp through darkness and into light with a character who is laugh-out-loud funny. If you're familiar with Faust, like demon stories, dig witchcraft and a great mystery, this is a book for you.
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