Leith and Dion are on the hunt for a different kind of murderer … and he’s a real animal.
It seems the October rains have brought death and disaster to North Vancouver. A missing hiker is found by his son and daughter, a foul smell leads to a mauled body in a crawl space, and a small boy is attacked by a man in wolf form.
Once an up-and-coming Serious Crimes investigator, these days Constable Cal Dion is back on general duties, feeling out-of-the-loop and rebellious. On a routine canvassing task, he finds himself questioning an attractive witness, one he feels is peripheral enough to the crawl space case that he would be safe in asking her out. Of course, it’s the worst decision.… Constable David Leith is in the thick of the same investigation, a case complicated by rumours running wild and a most elusive suspect. Halloween has brought out the ghouls for Leith and his team … and possibly a shapeshifter as well, with murder on its mind.
The eerie third book (following Undertow) in Greenaway's series featuring RCMP Constables David Leith and Cal Dion begins as Halloween approaches and a missing hiker is found dead on a trail in North Vancouver. It looks like the man had a heart attack, but there are also signs he might have been running from something. As Leith and Dion investigate, strange stories start to surface. Two boys tell Dion and his partner, Jackie Randall, that they have seen a werewolf in that part of the woods, and then the officers hear of another young boy bragging that he knows a werewolf. Later, a mauled body is found in the crawl space of a derelict house. Meanwhile, Randall's investigation of a hit-and-run accident that killed a young girl starts to point toward the fianc e of one of their fellow officers. Greenaway skillfully weaves the clues and cases together, building tension with views into the psychology of a truly creepy character. The officers' characters are flawed and complex; Dion is still recovering from a traumatic head injury and doubts his abilities, and Leith is wrestling with his own personal and professional issues. All the elements add up to a terrific book that will keep readers guessing to the end.