Sam Cabot is the pseudonym of Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan. In Sam Cabot’s exhilarating new novel, a vicious murder in Sotheby’s begins a series of inexplicable events surrounding an Iroquois ritual mask—and a secret that could unleash the most terrifying chaos and destruction the world has ever seen.
Months after Father Thomas Kelly, art historian Livia Pietro, and scholar Spencer George found themselves racing through Rome in a desperate effort to locate and preserve an incalculably valuable docu-ment, the three are about to be reunited in New York City. Thomas, still trying to assimilate what he learned—that vam¬pires exist, and that Livia and Spencer are among them—is looking forward to seeing Livia again. Livia is excited to be allowed into the back room of Sotheby’s for an exclusive viewing of an ancient Iroquois mask. And Spencer’s in love. But before the three can meet, Spencer is badly injured when he’s inexplicably attacked in Central Park—by a wolf.
That same night, a Sotheby’s employee is found brutally murdered. Steps from her body is the mysterious native mask, undamaged amid the wreckage of a strug¬gle. As rumors begin to swirl around the sacred object, Thomas, Livia, and Spencer are plunged deep into a world where money, Native American lore, and the history of the Catholic Church collide. They uncover an alarming secret: The wolf is a shapeshifter, and the mask contains a power that, if misused, could destroy millions of lives with the next full moon.
In Skin of the Wolf, Sam Cabot masterfully blends historical fact, backroom conspiracy, and all-encompassing alternate reality as the Noantri discover they aren’t the only humans set apart by their natures—there are Others.
Cabot's first supernatural thriller, 2013's Blood of the Lamb, introduced the Noantri, once normal people transformed centuries ago by a mysterious organism into vampires. The Noantri leadership made a secret pact with the Catholic Church to avoid persecution. In this superior, if still derivative, sequel, Noantri expert and art historian Livia Pietro is disturbed to learn of a savage murder at Sotheby's Manhattan location that coincides with the theft of a prized wolf mask; even more upsetting is the revelation that a genetic mutation has created the Shifters, Native American werewolves who fear that discovery of their existence will lead to another campaign of eradication targeting their people. Cabot (the pen name of S.J. Rozan and Carlos Dews) takes a light approach (e.g., "Was he really sitting in a New York town house listening to two European vampires accuse an Abenaki Indian of being a werewolf?" a character asks himself), but this may limit readers' engagement with the mythology.