Author: G.D. Penman
Publisher: JMS Books
Length: 41 Pages
Category: Historical, Mystery/Suspense, Horror
At a Glance: Moonshine was a great first time read for me from this author. I absolutely liked the historical feel and the 1920s verbiage—it really set the tone for the era of prohibition, speakeasies and bootlegging.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: A body in the mud by the Miskatonic River is just an average day for Detective Vergil Levard. But when the cadaver shows signs of something more sinister afoot, Vergil is forced to make a deal with the devil and work with the leader of the local bootleggers, Jimmy Hogan, to track down the killers.
If Vergil were a normal copper, the strange sigil wouldn’t have meant anything to him. If Hogan were a normal mobster, Vergil wouldn’t be falling for him. And if the fishing village of Innsmouth were a normal smuggler’s front, neither of them would have to fear for their sanity.
With darkness closing in and some terror from the deep creeping up behind them, Vergil and Hogan have nothing left to hold onto except each other.
Review: Detective Vergil Levard works for the Arkham, Massachusetts police department. He nabs the case of a dead sailor, and his investigation leads him to Jimmy Hogan, owner of a speakeasy and a big-time gangsta. It’s Hogan’s ship the sailor was on—along with the bootleg cargo.
Not getting anything out of Hogan, Vergil knows what he has to do, so he heads to the weird town of Innsmouth. When he gets to his run-down hotel room, he finds none other than Jimmy Hogan waiting for him. Because of Vergil’s odd upbringing, he always believed he was an abomination. When Hogan makes a move on him, it gets him thinking and he starts to see himself differently. Vergil and Hogan team up to solve the crime and face some very eerie happenings, and it has Vergil coming face to face with a terror that becomes real.
Moonshine was a great first time read for me from this author. I absolutely liked the historical feel and the 1920s verbiage—it really set the tone for the era of prohibition, speakeasies and bootlegging. Not only was this story fun, it wasn’t over-done, leaving readers room to use their imagination. The author also created two great characters in Vergil and Hogan. As different as they are, they have great chemistry, and even though they are an odd couple, they make a great team. I could see them getting into a whole lot of trouble together and think this has great potential for a fun series, with mystery, suspense, horror, and romance!
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