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A crime cartel uses the power of four witches to hold Los Angeles in the grip of fear until the fifth witch arrives, determined to stop their reign of terror. Original.
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Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the British men's magazine Mayfair. At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, Woman, Woman's Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines. Masterton is the author of more than 100 horror novels, historical sagas, and thrillers. His previous work has been published by Pocket Books, TOR, Signet, and Cemetery Dance. His novel Family Portrait, an homage to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the only non-French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France. His most recognized and widely acclaimed novel, The Manitou (1976), was made into a movie of the same name starring Tony Curtis.From Publishers Weekly:
Black magic, mobsters and evil witches hold La La Land hostage, making Masterton's latest batch of chills and chuckles (Prey) scarier than a writers' strike. Along with most of the city, Det. Dan Fisher, West Hollywood Homicide Division, is horrified as international crime czars take over law enforcement in a bloody coup with the spooky aid of the Quintex of 350-year-old witch Rebecca Greensmith, who's able to be in five places (and bodies) at one time. She's backed up by a Haitian witch, Michelange DuPriz, who works for the zombie Jean-Christophe Artisson; by Miska Vedma, a Russian witch helping White Ghost Vasili Krylov; and by others. Haunted by the death of his wife, Gayle, three years earlier, Dan lives next to good witch Annie Conjure, who pitches in. Rebecca's malevolent forces kill some of L.A.'s A-list, and Dan will stop at nothing to save his fair city and put an old ghost to rest. Masterton, a veteran horror author notable for his dark humor and snazzy plotting, pulls off yet another clever thriller. (Apr.)
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