Book Review: Known Devil by: Justin Gustainis


Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.

A new supernatural gang is intent on invading Scranton – as if I didn’t have enough to contend with!

Supernatural gang warfare? Not on my watch!

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Fang Warfare | Invading Forces | Uneasy Alliances | The Devil You Know ]

Series: Hard Spell (1), Evil Dark (2), Known Devil (3)

Review: KNOWN DEVIL is the third book in the Occult Crimes Unit Investigation series featuring Detectives Stan Markowski and Karl Renfer. Set in a world similar, but very different, from our own Markowski has to deal with a new threat to Scranton and the supes who live there. There is a new drug, Hemoglobin Plus (aka Slide), hitting the streets which creates addicts across species lines. This is something which has been unheard of before and is evidentiary of a bigger issue for the residents of Scranton. While Markowski and Renfer hunt for the hidden agenda behind the attempts at a supe takeover, supes are dying in the streets. With the pressure mounting, Markowski is forced to make temporary deals with the current powers that be. As everyone knows, sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. KNOWN DEVIL is a great story, with our favorite OCU detectives and a twisted mystery for them to unravel. I love Markowski’s style, very matter of fact and willing to do what it takes to keep his town safe. The author has built a world which I wouldn’t mind living in, even with the potential danger. The small details are always very consistent, which makes this alternate Scranton brilliantly come alive. KNOWN DEVIL is wickedly suspenseful, with dark humor and a great mystery. If you love noir detective stories with a paranormal bent, The Occult Crimes Unit Investigation series is for you!

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