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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312866968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312866969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The werewolf plague is so widespread in this less than thrilling near-future fantasy from bestseller Farris (The Fury) that the authorities have established an agency, International Lycan Control (ILC), that keeps most of the creatures under control with surgical implants that diffuse medications to prevent transformations during the full moon. When California ILC agent Rawson sees a werewolf decapitate Artie Excalibur, a businessman whose sideline was providing lycan escorts to uninfected humans, Rawson suspects Excalibur was deliberately targeted for death. Lacking the black humor of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, the book fails to offer anything particularly new to the concept of a hard-boiled narrator pursuing a murder case in a world where the supernatural is real. More of a backstory, particularly one that explained how the U.S. was replaced by a group of city-states, might have helped. (July)
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“America’s premier novelist of terror.”
—Stephen King

High Bloods is a page-turning masterpiece that blends the best elements of the classic horror novel with those of the classic L.A. detective novel.  Horrifying, riveting, thought-provoking, rich with stunning sense of place and mordant humor. A tour de force.” 
—Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of Mystery

“A legend among thriller novelists.”
—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author of What the Night Knows

“Farris has elevated the terror genre into the realm of literature.”
Richard Matheson, New York Times bestselling author of I am Legend

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The ending wasn't terribly conclusive either.... It just felt rushed.
Yolanda S. Bean
I feel that if the author added more actual interaction with werewolves and included them more prominently in the story, he would have a winner.
Crazy for Werewolves
It's a hard-boiled detective novel written in Pulp-era style, yet set in the future.
Sarah B. Chamberlain

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caoimhin on August 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. The only reason I didn't give this book the full five stars was due to too many characters. Also, thankfully, there is a glossary included in the book which is very helpful for all the lingo and acronyms peppered throughout. Sure, it's not a decapitation every time you turn the page, but just the foreboding of the next killing was compelling. Lastly, I thought it was a Stephen King novel when I picked it up due to the quote listed on the bottom of the front cover praising the true author, John Farris. Perhaps a clever method of marketing? At any rate, the story was excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda S. Bean VINE VOICE on November 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ehh.. this book had such a great premise and though its characters were strong, as well, it was ultimately lacking. Right off the bat, I was more than a little alienated by the terminology used - and while there was a glossary, I just don't understand why the first time the "new" words were used they weren't defined! Some were, but definitely not all, which took a while to get used to. Also, the most interesting part of the book (the werewolves and their new society) were hardly touched upon! I was MUCH more interested in that that than the actual plot. And while it is nice to have a werewolf book unaccompanied by vampires, it would have been nice to have more of the actual werewolves!! The ending wasn't terribly conclusive either.... It just felt rushed. I do think that this would have made a better movie than it did a book.
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By Judith E. Bare on February 26, 2013
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I loved this book !!! I in fact will read it again. Give this writter his books time and red them all.
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By Crazy for Werewolves on November 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really, really wanted to like this book. The description of the story sounded unusual and I could not wait to dive in! However much this book reminds us of the old detective novels of yesteryear, and it does, it does not deliver werewolves. It is as if half of the novel is missing. I feel that if the author added more actual interaction with werewolves and included them more prominently in the story, he would have a winner. The story that was there was great.... what was missing..well I missed it!!
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