Friend of the Devil
by Stephen Lloyd
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Pub Date 10 May 2022 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2022
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons
A demonic detective novel best devoured in a single sitting--from acclaimed TV writer Stephen Lloyd.
Welcome to Danforth Putnam, boarding school for the elite, sprawled across its own private island off the coast of New England. Sam, a war vet who feels sure he’s seen it all, has been called here to find a stolen rare book. But as he corners D&D nerds, grills steroid-raging linemen, and interviews filthy-rich actresses, he soon senses that something far stranger—“witchy”, in fact—is afoot. When students start to meet mysterious and gruesome deaths, Sam realizes just how fast the clock is ticking.
After joining forces with plucky, epilepsy-defying school reporter Harriet, Sam ventures into increasingly dark territory, unravelling a supernatural mystery that will upend everything he thinks he knows about this school—and then shatter his own reality.
Toss Dracula into a blender, throw in a shot of hard-boiled detective fiction, splash in a couple drops of Stranger Things, and pour yourself a nice tall glass of Friend of the Devil.
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This book moved quick and it was super fun! The twist at the end was *chef's kiss*! It is horror, and it's damn funny, and it looks like the door is open for a sequel or a series. Excellent brain candy! I received this as an arc from #Netgalley.
Sam Gregory is an insurance investigator sent to an island where a school has a valuable book that has been stolen from a safe. He finds that the students are into a lot more illegal stuff than the staff is aware of.
I enjoyed this book publisher Putnam downloaded from NetGalley. The author would make a great mystery author but cut out the horror.
I really liked this book. The story was good, the characters were well fleshed out and the ending was unexpected.
I loved the characters of Sam and Harriet. Harriet was so likable as a strong willed and clever teen who suffered from epilepsy. Sam as a Vietnam vet insurance investigator. They made a good team.
The book reminded me a bit of Indiana Jones with all the secret tunnels and secret books. I loved the story of the ancient coven melded with a “modern day” prep school.
The ending was shocking and I didn’t see it coming at all. I would love to read more from this world!
Want a book that takes away your breath at the end?
Look no further than this phenomenal book which seriously needs to be made into a movie. The book started out a little slow but then it got really good and the ending hits you with a twist that leave Read full review
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What a ride! One of the BEST anti-heroes to come along in a while. Wicked, sarcastic sense of humor, keen observation skills, and some interesting secrets make Sam a character we want to see again and again! Solid mystery, with a fair share of gore and supernatural creeping in - felt an "Angel Heart" undercurrent throughout the search for the lost book and there are a number of surprises all the way to the end. Hopefully more adventures coming!
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