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Leader of the Pack: Tales of an Urban Werewolf [Kindle Edition]

Karen Macinerney
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description


On the outside, Sophie Garou is living every woman’s dream: she has beauty, brains, and a big-time position in Austin’s most respected accounting firm (not to mention a very sexy, very successful new boyfriend). But there’s one Sophie would rather keep under wraps: she is a werewolf.

Sophie’s life gets a little more hairy when her long-estranged father, Luc, arrives in the Live Music Capital to attend the werewolves’ annual Howl and reconnect with his daughter. But Luc’s plans fall apart after he’s accused of murder and arrested by his archrival, Wolfgang, leader of the Houston pack (and one notoriously dirty dog). Wolfgang drools at the thought of Luc’s impending execution, but Sophie won’t let her father die without a fight. Determined to prove his innocence, she and her friends set out to find the real killer. Along the way, Sophie must deal with taboo attractions, Machiavellian intrigues, sinister agendas, and hair-raising betrayals.

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Editorial Reviews


“The funniest, savviest werewolf story I’ve ever read.”—MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author, on Howling at the Moon

“A swift-paced, fun romp.”—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Critically acclaimed writer Karen MacInerney is the author of Howling at the Moon and On the Prowl, as well as the Gray Whale Inn mysteries Dead and Berried and Murder on the Rocks, which was selected as an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. When she’s not writing, teaching writers’ workshops, or chauffeuring children, she loves to read, drink coffee, attempt unusual recipes, and hit the local hike-and-bike trail. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two children, and a rabbit named Bunny.

Product Details

  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345496272
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL32E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the reasons why MacInerney's series is not "just another werewolf tale" is that it really has its own flavor. The main character, Sophie Garou hasn't grown up in a Pack. So the reader is not withered down immediately with all the hierarchical rule weaving that most authors strain to include at the very beginning of a series. And it's refreshing because the reader goes on the journey of discovery with the character.

So in addition to not growing up in a pack, Sophie's natural talent of shielding herself has enabled her live right under the noses of the Houston pack of werewolves for most of her natural life. This has come with its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage being that when she is finally discovered by a rogue packette, and a werewolf enforcer, she is thrust into a series of events that she won't be able to wiggle out of.

Leader of the Pack is the third in this urban werewolf series and usually in the third book there is a big payoff. In On the Prowl, readers were left off with wondering exactly who and what Mark was. Was he some type of demon or spirit? Perhaps both. Wondering if Tom Fenris and Sophie were ever going to make a love connection. Wondering if the mission she completed would get her out of owing any allegiance to the Houston pack. But while there were some resolutions, I expected just a tad more.

We see more development in Mark, Tom, Lindsey's and Heath's character and overall that makes them more interesting in relation to Sophie. And the introduction of Sophie's absent father who is now on trial by the Houston pack plunges her and her friends into new territory of pack politics and a battle for succession, which has a surprisingly satisfying ending.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One big disappointment..... August 6, 2009
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I was really disappointed with this book. The first book was okay and I really liked the second book, I was hoping that as the series progressed that the book content would as well. I was wrong. It seems the writing completely regressed to that of the first book, the first third of the book was filled with inane ramblings and humorless attempts at sarcastic humor--which I consider a very sad attempt at page fillers--that completely annoyed me in the first book. This book read like some tawdry soap opera mixed and shaken with drama from a bad talk show.

The storyline is weak, predictable, cliche, and in most cases so unbelievable. The whole story for the most part was poorly contrived. There was no character development on part of the heroine. Sophie is still the same selfish, thoughtless person she was in the previous books, and throughout the book I felt she was getting dumber. She has a history of dishonesty, immorality, and withholding the truth. She doesn't ever tell the truth until she's forced into a situation. I was sooooooooo disappointed, for the most part I didn't really count on the characters to be very well developed because....hey...they've never been before but I normally get many laughs and enjoy the story which was not the case for this book. I will admit, there were some good moments but they were just too few to overshadow the feelings of disappointment, disgust, and regret for having purchased this book.


I thought that author's ending was despicable!

Here's the situation: Sophie and Lindsay are friends. Lindsay is dating Tom. Sophie who has been in relationships with two guys wants Tom. She even kissed Tom while he and Lindsay were dating and while she was seeing someone else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointing August 8, 2009
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I was really looking forward to this book. I read the first two and I thought it was a good read, but it left the reader feeling like "that's it".
It is a bit redundant, several of the little remarks and funny saying were repeated thoughout the series and it is at the point where, while they were funny in the first book,by the third, I was already tired of them.
Another area where it is redundant is when it gives a run down of the two previous books. There is a lot of summary and I found myself skimming over sections of chapters.
I think the last thing was the ending. THe reactions of people to certain events were unrealistic almost irritating.

Other than that, the book was likable. I liked the twists, and I would hope there is a book to follow; otherwise, it would be a really sloppy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ending too vague September 29, 2010
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I loved Sophie a great deal and disliked her at certain times, especially in the second book when she got caught up with Mark while she was still technically with Heath. I did give her some leeway, though, because I sort of figured that he had her under some kind of enchantment. I made the connection between him and Miranda when Sophie smelled both their smoky scents--SPOILER ALERT--and half-correctly figured that Mark was some kind of sex demon, maybe an incubus that wanted to possess her, and that he had sent a succubus to lure her boyfriend away to clear the field for him. Especially that part when he visited her in bed the first time when she was sleeping (or she thought she was). Classic incubus behavior from mythology. But, Mark's true nature turned out to be a bit more ambitious than a mere incubus.

I know Sophie had a great many secrets she had to keep in her life, but there was no excuse to trying to keep such a secret as her true nature from the man she was planning to marry. She should have told him long before the "forever" moment popped up. To drag out a relationship for over a year with a secret that has the potential to destroy it and devastate your love is heartless. Heath had a right to know. And Sophie still didn't seem as if she'd learned her lesson in being forthcoming at the end of the book. Was she going to tell Tom about Ash's ring that she'd discovered? That was the biggest loose end to the book. It's a given that an entity like Ash won't give up something he wants and will want it even more if he's twarted in getting it. So, it seems as if Sophie might have a very rocky road to a happily ever after with a demonic stalker around that's known for his tendency to take out the lovers of the women he's interested in. After all, the spell and exorcism were to protect Sophie. They don't protect Tom or any of her loved ones.
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Published 1 month ago by Cheryl S.
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is funny, intriguing
This book is funny, intriguing, romantic, entertaining, and a exciting mystery, all in one. I am on the second book now, and find it very hard to put down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gaylewind
5.0 out of 5 stars new series for me
I pickup the first one of this series a little run down store downtown Sacramento, when I read it I was hooked. So of course I turned to Amazon for the rest of the books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by brenda mckenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me needing closure
First, I want to say that I did enjoy this last installment in the trilogy. It was engaging, and definitely interesting to get more of a glimpse into the werewolf protocol via... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great read! I had to finish the entire trilogy from start to finish. Did it in 2 days! Would have been less had sleep not been a necessity. :)
Published 17 months ago by Ursula Garcia-Hopper
3.0 out of 5 stars absurd but highly entertaining
This is quite possibly one of the most absurd books I've read in a long time.
HOWEVER, I couldn't help but rather enjoy it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Julie B
1.0 out of 5 stars so k
could not get into this series, did not have the draw of author's other fun books for me. good service tho with the seller. thank you
Published on June 14, 2012 by Gem
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Good read, good characters, they just need a bit more depth. Action good, but could be a bit more. For a fairly new writer, she had very good promise.
Published on May 18, 2012 by oceantrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Leader of the Pack
Leader of the Pack is the third book in the Urban Werewolf series, it was a good read,exciting, suspenceful and a somewhat new way of looking at Wherewolfs. Read more
Published on December 11, 2010 by Ms. Robyn Ridgeway
4.0 out of 5 stars please write another!
I read the three books in the series like I eat right after the other....I really hope that the author writes one more... Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by Whitty
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More About the Author

Karen is the bestselling author of the Agatha-nominated Gray Whale Inn mysteries, the Tales of an Urban Werewolf trilogy, and Mother's Day Out, the first of a new mystery series featuring housewife-turned-private-investigator Margie Peterson. (Karen is currently writing the sequel, Mother Knows Best, and it should be completed soon.) A new cozy series, The Dewberry Farm Mysteries, which will be set in bucolic Central Texas, is scheduled for release in 2015.

Karen lives in Austin, Texas with two children, her husband, and a menagerie of animals (there are now two bunnies, twenty-three fish and a hermit crab, as well as a rescue dog named Little Bit). When she's not writing in a coffee shop or chauffeuring children, Karen enjoys walking on the local hike-and-bike trail, experimenting with new recipes, and heading to the dojo for martial arts classes (a relatively new hobby).

Feel free to visit Karen's web site at You can also find her on Facebook at and Twitter at @karenmacinerney, where she spends an inordinate amount of time. You are more than welcome to friend her there -- and remind her to get back to work on the next book!

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