As the title suggests, we’re in sequel territory here with a werewolf once again menacing the Black Hills. Our hero has been busy, getting married and knocking up his new wife, although returning to his shooting grounds he rekindles his fling with a farmer’s wife. The body of the werewolf has gone missing, and it appears that it was dug up by another beast. Are there two werewolves at large? And how can one move during the daytime?
First of all the positives, Smith still has a knack for quick, fast paced pulpy action and that carries this short book on well. The action moves quickly, and his characterisation, while brief, is efficient enough. Also, the fact that we don’t see things from the wolf’s perspective adds a mystery element as the reader doesn’t know what’s going on.
The weaknesses are that the reveal at the end is a bit clunky and cliche, and some of the action beats are telegraphed. Once again, the ending feels like a bit of a gallop, moving a shade too quickly for my liking.
But that being said, it’s still a thoroughly fun, quick read and it kept me entertained on a night shift. 6/10.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.