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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. (November 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892065711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892065711
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,757,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Thanks for visiting this page to check out Wilding Nights. I don't bother writing stories unless they excite me, but this one was especially fun to write...working out the details of werewolf existence...solving in my own way the question of changes of body mass and what happens to the clothes. I could say I had a howling good time with it...but that's a terrible pun so I won't say it. However, working on Wilding, I did hate quitting to go to bed and could hardly wait to resume work on it in the morning. The book grew out of a comment made by Stephen Pagel here at Meisha Merlin...that he would like to see a book with werewolves given a treatment similar to what I did with vampires. I knew I could do that. I already had a short story with a werewolf cop...never published because I couldn't come up with an ending that felt right. I always felt good about the opening, though, which flung us straight into the middle of the story. The book opens with exactly! the same paragraph...only this time the story plays out to an ending I like. And I LOVE the cover! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The main character seems to be lacking and comes across one dimensional.
N. Drennan
All the good stuff - tight plotting, crisp dialogue, compelling action, and a set of characters that had me begging for a sequel before I'd even finished.
Lee Martindale
Lee Killough is a master storyteller who combines the supernatural with the mystery genre creates a novel that is original and fascinating to read.
Harriet Klausner

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. Drennan on January 8, 2012
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I am a lover of almost everthing paranormal. I also love crime stories with very little romance - Criminal Intent with werewolves and/or vampires is my thing.

Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the hype from several other reviewers. It was boring and had several errors in it within the first few pages (from 1% to 4%) on my kindle. One of the big errors was as they were laying out the contents of the deceased's pockets she stated there was a cell phone with keys and wallet yet a few moments later she stated there was no cell phone and thought he must of lost it running from his murderer.

Several time I had to go back to reread what was written to figure out what or who the author was talking about or who was doing the internal dialogue. The story and the dialogue feels choppy and rather disorganized not to mention it was dry. The main character seems to be lacking and comes across one dimensional.

I have not finished reading it yet and I will try but reading a book should be a pleasure cruise, getting to know your characters and what brings them together. This was a lone camping trip into a dark maze. Granted, it is an interesting concept but the misuse of words (though the spelling was correct) and the general confusion of who did what to whom and where is makes me want to delete it now.

1/16/12 Nope. Didn't get any better. I gave it to a younger friend to read and she only read half of it and asked me if she was being punished for something.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson VINE VOICE on February 1, 2003
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I enjoyed the book a lot. Nice solid depiction of a police detective working a case, with very well developed werewolf culture included. Recommend this for people who enjoy a strong, smart female lead, and werewolf fans.
Not as erotic or sensual as Anita Blake books, but solid plotting and a real feel of suspense and danger in the book.
On the plus side there are two leads, the main lead is the female police detective who is secretly a werewolf, and her new partner, a very human male who's also a very good detective. Maybe too good as he gets close to his partner's dangerous secret.
This is NOT a romance. It's mainly a mystery with some good werewolf culture woven in. A good read.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on August 2, 2002
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I've come to expect well crafted police stories with a twist from this author, and this story is no exception. It has to be said straight out that this is a "werewolf" novel, but maybe not exactly the "normal" sort of werewolves you might expect.
When a series of horrible murders start happening top dectetive Allison Goodnight is assigned to the case with her new rookie partner Zane kerr.
Zane soon sposts problems with the way Allison is reporting information on the case, and not being stupid himself starts to put some odd facts together about her...which could lead to putting them both in mortal danger.
This is a novel that works on two levels with a chase to catch a killer and to find the truth.
If you like a well constructed and written mystery with a touch of the supernatural then this book is for you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on May 6, 2003
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Allison Goodnight is a detective in a coastal Texas town, she is also a werewolf, as are many members of the department. She is breaking in a new partner (human) when a werewolf serial killer strikes the town. It is imperative that humans are not made aware of the existence of werewolves, and that they capture this rogue before she kills again.
This was an entertaining and action packed novel. I found myself reading far longer than I wanted to find out who the killer was and why. The characters were a little flat and did not really hold my interest, fortunately, the murder mystery was engrossing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LadyWolf on August 24, 2006
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I'm a sucker for all things werewolf, so you know you have some disappointment somewhere to make those certain novels excellent.

This is one of the disappointments. This book was hard to read. The writing style didn't flow very well and I found myself going back and re-reading paragraphs to understand what was going on.

Werewolves have infilitrated all aspects of city life. Most of the police force is wolf kin. If you check their police files you would notice most of them had been cited for deer chasing or reckless driving.

These werewolf families have been in this city for centuries and now sit in most governing councils. But they have a problem. There is a rogue wolf running around killing humans. This is just not done. So they get their Homicide detective Allison Goodnight on the trail of the rogue werewolf. But she has a problem as well, she has a new partner, a human partner, Zane Kerr. She has to solve this and take the rogue wolf down without letting on to her partner that their are werewolves or him getting killed.

Zane is an intelligent guy and figues out something is fishy about how the investigation is unfolding. He investigates leads on his own to find out the answers to his partners secrecy, but will this get him in more trouble than he can afford?

This is not a totally disastrous book but not a keeper either. Has a few humorous dialogues between Zane and Allison.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. McKee on June 30, 2002
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The heroine of these paranormal mystery is Allison Goodnight, homicide detective and werewolf. As the story opens Allison is viewing the body of a man violently multilated by his killer. He appears to have been savaged by a large animal, but there are only human footprints aound the body. She can tell the killer is a rogue werewolf, but it is not one known to her local clan.
Allison needs to solve the case and protect her clan by concealing the supernatural identity of the killer. Allison's new partner, Zane complicates this task. He has been recently promoted to detective and is eager to learn from the more experienced Allison, but she conceals information from him, misleads him, and sends him off on busy work.
The story is told alternatively from the view points of Allison and Zane. We see Allison racing to solve the case before the mounting bodycount brings unwelcome attention her clan. She is troubled by the prospect of having to kill Zane if he comes too close to the nature of the killer. Some members of her clan are very quick to decide to eliminate any possible human threats.
We see Zane working around Allison to help solve the case and we see him becoming increasingly troubled by links between Allison's relatives and the killer. All werewovles are tall blond and handsome. Allison and her female relatives resemble the description of the killer.
This book brings a fresh view to werewolves. They do not actually turn into wolves, but when they access their super powers, they appear as large-threatening-animals to human bystanders. The author neatly integrates the use of these powers into the detectiving part of the story - using her nose, Allison can incriminate or clear a suspect.
Highly recommended for those who like their procedural mysteries combined with the supernatural and for those who like kick-[bottom] heroines like Anita Blake and Victory Nelson.
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I have been storytelling almost as long as I can remember, starting somewhere around the age of four or five with making up my own bedtime stories. In grade school the stories became episodes of my favorite radio and TV shows, predating the fan-written Star Trek literature by decades. Then, in keeping with wisdom that says the golden age of science fiction is about age eleven, at that age I discovered science fiction and fantasy. That first SF novel hooked me on SF and fantasy. But along with the pleasure of devouring this marvelous literature came fear. I lived in a small town with a small library and I saw I would soon read the section dry. So to keep from running out of science fiction, I began writing my own. And because the mystery section adjoined the SF/Fantasy section, leading me to discover mysteries about the same time as SF, my stories tended to combine SF with mystery. They still do, resulting in supernatural mysteries and urban fantasy...with a noticeable fondness for cops. Vampire cop Garreth Mikaelian hunts killers in Blood Hunt and Bloodlinks (published together by Meisha Merlin as BloodWalk) and in Blood Games. I have future cops Janna Brill and Mama Maxwell in three novels (The Doppelganger Gambit, Dragon's Teeth, and Spider Play)space-going cops in Deadly Silents, werewolf cops in my novel Wilding Nights, and a ghost cop in Killer Karma.

Beginning Blood Games, Wilding Nights, Killer Karma and my African fantasy novel The Leopard's Daughter, my books are now being re-published in e-book editions.