Sunday, 16 February 2014

Review - The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo

The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo offers an interesting protagonist: a Vietnam veteran who returns to his homeland as a drifter, is generally not liked by anyone he meets and curses a lot. He is also a werewolf who cannot control himself very much during that special time of month. Delightfully written, the language makes you laugh on several occasions.

The novel was the author's first published novel and it was released posthumously after he and another unarmed auxiliary police officer were gunned down on a street. Knowing that affects your reading in a certain way, perhaps making it impossible to be completely objective. Nevertheless, I must say that I enjoyed the novel, even if it had some weaknesses.

As a tale of murder mystery - a search for a serial killer specialising in whores who replaces his victims' eyes with roses - the novel offers very little mystery. It is very clear who the killer is and the author makes only weak attempts to turn the readers' attention elsewhere. Also the manner in which the killer hides his tracks is easy to guess in the context.

As a tale of a drifter werewolf the story works very well - you really get to know the protagonist and his friendships with some few locals - a police officer, a restaurant employee and a whore - feel real. His logical deduction abilities, on the other hand, are shameful and, as a reader, you wonder why he does not realise who the killer is sooner.

The concept of werewolf in the novel is the classic, uncontrollable bipedal monster. Through the brief glimpses that the protagonist remembers of his roaming as the monster, you get to know the monster a little, but it always remains uncontrollable and alien.

Overall, an enjoyable novel even considering its weaknesses. Well worth a read.