S. V. Wolf
Black Rose Writing
April 26, 2012 / ISBN 978-1612961019
by Beverly J. Rowe
A serial killer story with a difference. I expected a straightforward
murder mystery, but this story was much more.
Titan is a cadaver dog who communicates with his Native American
master, and assists the deceased to find their way "across
the Great Divide." The dog's supernatural abilities lead him
to the dead, and permit him to communicate with Shawnee, his trainer,
and also with the spirits of the dead. The Shawnee folklore and
the maturing of their young Death Dog make a thrilling story, though
I had to suspend reality and embrace the fantasy. I enjoyed S. V.
Wolf's powerful and compelling characterization, the chilling winter
weather descriptions, and the obscure clues the killer left for
them to try to sort out.
The identity of the killer does not come as a surprise, rather part
of the story is told from his viewpoint as he captures and kills
innocent women. He has killed several young women; after hours of
extreme brutal torture, he hangs them in such a manner that they
strangle themselves as he watches.
The chase is electrifying as members of the Shawnee Nation, the
FBI, and the local law enforcement try to unravel the clues left
by the killer, and try to anticipate his next crime.
This is S. V. Wolf's debut novel and I feel sure we can expect further
adventures of Titan, the Death Dog.