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CARTER & LOVECRAFT
The start of a thrilling supernatural series that brings the H.P. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century – already optioned for television by Warner Bros.
Daniel Carter’s last case as an NYPD detective ought to have been a triumph. But then the arrest turned into a “suicide by cop”, Carter’s partner turned his gun on himself, and the case that should have made Carter’s career ended it instead. Resigning from the force, Carter becomes a private investigator.
Then one day a lawyer calls on Carter to tell him he is the sole beneficiary of the will of a man he’s never heard of before. Carter’s inherited a successful business, an antiquarian bookstore in Providence. He also seems to have inherited an employee, one Emily Lovecraft, last living descendant of the author H.P. Lovecraft, and someone none too pleased to learn her new boss is some gumshoe from New York.
Then Carter receives an even stranger call. This time, it’s a request for help from a professor of mathematics. What makes the call strange is that it was made after the professor had already died.
As Carter investigates, with the help of Lovecraft and a Providence police detective, he begins to discover connections between his last disastrous case, this new death, and the supernatural tales of H.P. Lovecraft—tales that he’s beginning to suspect may not be as fictional as he once thought.
JONATHAN L. HOWARD is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer-games industry since the early nineties, with titles such as the Broken Sword series to his credit. He is author of the cult favorite Johannes Cabal series, as well as the YA novels Katya’s World and Katya’s War. He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and daughter.
· Warner Brothers has picked up television rights to the supernatural thriller CARTER & LOVECRAFT by Jonathan Howard with Macmillan Entertainment attached to produce!
Plus, another great blurb is now in: “In the cosmic darkness between Sam Spade and Dirk Gently there’s a nest of tentacles. On that nest of tentacles is Jonathan L. Howard’s Carter & Lovecraft. You are here. It doesn’t get any more weirdboiled than this.” —Stephen Graham Jones, author of Growing Up Dead in Texas
Praise for the Johannes Cabal Series:
“His antihero Cabal is, for all his overweening self-confidence, an engaging protagonist whose heart is not quite as hard as he would like to pretend.” —Publishers Weekly
“Witty, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining, this rollicking Faustian adventure grabs the reader and holds him until the very last page.” —Tucson Citizen
“Howard makes it look easy to paint a soul-stealing murdering necromancer as a sympathetic character; that, folks, is worth the price of admission.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Cabal, the detective and necromancer, is full of charismatic amorality, making him both a classical and refreshing antihero.” —TimeOut (Chicago)
“Cross Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, and you have this witty and sometimes touching debut novel in the Faustian tradition.” —Library Journal
“Jonathan L. Howard has such an effortless way with monsters and the undead that you might suspect him of being, like his creation, Johannes Cabal, a necromancer. The series is addictive.” —Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim series
“The language is clever and rich with literary allusions and cunning humour... For anyone whose taste edges toward the intelligent and macabre, this book is a gift.” —Fangoria
“A delightfully wicked and inventive story.” —Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child
“That ole black magic has never been more fun than it is in this deft and quirky Faustian take. A diabolical romp.” —Elle Newmark, author of The Book of Unholy Mischief
“Johannes Cabal would kill me for saying this, but he’s my favorite Zeppelin-hopping detective. The fellow has got all the charm of Bond and the smarts of Holmes—without the pesky morality.” —Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising
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