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Editorial Reviews


“Glorious . . . I can’t help thinking that wry, world-weary Jake Marlowe would make a fabulous dinner companion. Just not during a full moon.”
—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review
“Duncan has finally driven a stake through vampire supremacy . . . Cerebral and campy, philosophical and ironic, The Last Werewolf is a novel that’s always licking its bloody lips and winking at us . . . A dark thriller that explodes with enough conspiracies, subterfuges and murders to raise your hackles. Not to mention such hot werewolf sex that you’ll be tempted to wander out under the full moon yourself next month.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“A shocking new take on the werewolf legend . . . Intelligent, fast-moving, creative, and thrilling.”
The Daily Beast
“A clever narrative with a memorable antihero at its feral, furry heart.”
—Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
“Quirky and brilliant—and definitely not for kids.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Savvy and exceptionally literate, this is one smart modern werewolf tale. . .  [A] fine supernatural thriller.”
Publishers Weekly
“The Last Werewolf is like an updated version of Dracula, only for werewolves, and as rewritten by Bret Easton Ellis . . . In its own blood-crazed and sex-dazed way, The Last Werewolf makes the case for literature.”
—Stephen Poole, The Guardian (UK)
“Sexy, funny, blisteringly intelligent . . .  Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker.”
—Kate Saunders, The Times (London)
“Okay, no hyperbole, just an admission: I loved this novel. It’s a howl, a rager, a scream. May The Last Werewolf put a stake through the heart of humorless, overwrought vampire sagas. Two big thumb-claws up!”
—Chris Bohjalian, author of Secrets of Eden, The Double Bind, and Midwives
“A brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human. Get one for yourself and one for the Twilight fan in your life.”
—James Medd, The Word  (UK)
“Space should be cleared for this violent, sexy thriller . . . The answer to Twilight that adults have been waiting for.”
—Courtney Jones, Booklist
“Yes, there are vampires here . . . But don’t give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in. . . .  Smart, original, and completely absorbing. Highly recommended.”
—­Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (Starred review)
“The best books are blurb defying; they're far too potent for a flimsy net of adjectives ever to capture them. I could say that The Last Werewolf is smart, thrilling, funny, moving, beautifully written, and a joy to read, and this would all be true. But it would also be a woeful understatement of what Glen Duncan has accomplished with his extraordinary novel. The only useful thing I can offer you is a simple admonishment.  Stop reading my words, and start reading his. Trust me: you’ll be happy you did.”
—Scott Smith, author of The Ruins
“A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre to create something that stands rapturous and majestic and entirely on its own.”
—Nick Cave

About the Author

Glen Duncan is the author of seven previous novels. He was chosen by both Arena and The Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain’s best young novelists. He lives in London.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307595080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307595089
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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The idea of covering a werewolf story when the beasts are at the brink of extinction is a compelling hook that leads to all sorts of possibilities. Glen Duncan's "The Last Werewolf" posits just such a situation (but you probably got that from the title!) and turns the story into a literary success examining loneliness, regret, inevitability--and ultimately renewed hope. Taking its classic cues, however, from horror literature--Duncan has crafted a thoroughly entertaining and rewarding tale for adults that is as much about thoughts and emotions as it is about carnage and mayhem. Those looking for a quick fix of blood and guts certainly won't be disappointed at the graphic depictions within Duncan's text, but the joys to be had from this incredibly well written tome should not be limited to genre readers. Seriously, this is a story that crosses into the literary realm with its vivid prose and contemplative themes--and miraculously, it balances its sophistication and smarts with the expected brutality in very complicated and effective ways.

The story is told in a self confessional diary format written by the world's last known werewolf Jacob Marlowe. Marlowe is resigned to his fate and plans to lay down his life for the team of international hunters that have expunged the rest of his brethren. He's lived his life and every day must face the emotional consequences of his actions. It's simply time. But Marlowe is not in full control of his destiny and, even as he readies for death, finds that the course to this final solution may still be impeded by unexpected obstacles.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
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The Last Werewolf is an amazing novel that practically demands to be read in one sitting. I found it simply impossible to put down. With an unbelievable sense of style and an amazing use of language, it examines moral issues ranging from the value of life, the nature of evil, the power of love, the existence of God and the nature of the beast within us all. It does all this in a manner that is unabashedly gory, sometimes sexy, and at all times thoughtful and well considered.

We meet Jacob Marlowe as he learns that he has become the last werewolf. We follow him as he prepares to spend his last days before facing certain extinction at the hands of the WOCOP, an organization dedicated to the control of occult phenomena. He is giving up. He's tired of the loneliness of 167 years without love, and is weary of the logistics of life. The author paints such a vivid picture of this character that I was glued to the page simply for the pleasure of his thought processes and his sometimes glib wit. Jacob's journey from a creature fed up with life to a creature ready to embrace it once again was the highlight of this book.

Of course not all the action occurs in the head of our rather suicidal werewolf. The author deftly brings in a world that also holds vampires and other paranormal creatures. They are secondary but play an important role in the intrigue that develops as Jacob learns of the other forces interested in his life and death. We also have quite a unique romance cooking here that will lead to scenes that mix violence and sex and are most definitely not for the squeamish.

The inevitable comparisons to Twilight will no doubt be made, but pay them no mind. The werewolves and vampires in Glen Duncan's world bear little resemblance to Bella's friends.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lani Carroll VINE VOICE on June 15, 2011
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Is anyone else as tired as I am of reading rave reviews of the latest `literary' supernatural thriller, only to find that the book in question is poorly written, badly plotted, and a general mess? Well, at long last, here is a novel that actually deserves good reviews.

The Last Werewolf tells the story of Jake Marlowe, 200-year-old philosophically inclined werewolf. Marlowe is filthy rich, knows his scotch, has read everything (he's had 200 years in which to do it), and is great in bed (as all werewolves are). James Bond with brains and a mordant sense of humor. I have to admit, I developed a bit of a crush on Marlowe, and was sorry the book had to end.

Unlike the other thrillers I've been bamboozled by good reviews into reading, Duncan actually uses Marlowe's attributes and shortcomings to reflect on the nature of our lives and desires. Marlowe is exquisitely reflective, but still at the mercy of his animal nature (like all of us). He realizes that his very decision to live means that other creatures will inevitably die, but makes the decision to go on living anyway (like all of us). And his deliberations on his dilemma are often genuinely interesting, and quite often funny.

I found the ending not quite up to the quality of the rest of the book, but still, The Last Werewolf is very much worth reading.
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Moody TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2011
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Werewolves may not have suffered the overexposure forced on vampires, but they haven't exactly been ignored, either. And as with vampires, the contemporary imagination seems mostly to focus on their tragic potential: immortal, loveless monstrosities forced to live in a world without kindness, where their own nature must inevitably betray them to atrocity. Melodramatic, yes, but one acknowledges the inherent possibilities. The trouble is that, decades after Interview with the Vampire, sympathy for the supernatural verges on the passe, and writers working in that territory have to bring something new or profound to the table. Despite its breathless cover copy, Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf manages neither hurdle.

Jake Marlowe, the titular beast, is so world-weary that knowledge of his own impending execution by werewolf hunters barely strikes a nerve. He's content to lie down and let it happen. But, because this would otherwise be a very short novel, fate intervenes, throwing him into the middle of complicated machinations involving vampires, ancient secrets, and layers of intrigue within the occult police force that wants-- or does it?-- to end werewolf-kind entirely. And then, something yet more unexpected comes along, something that reawakens Jake's lust for life, just when death seems most inevitable...

If all this makes The Last Werewolf sound like a thriller, that's what the book ultimately is. For the first hundred pages or so, it indulges certain literary ambitions, of which more later, but soon the plot twists come thick and fast and introspection is largely pushed aside.
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