Lola Galley is used to doing things she doesn't want.
She certainly doesn't want to be assigned the case of Richard Ellaway, the man who, under a cold full moon, mutilated a good friend of hers.
But being a bareback, what she wants and what she gets are seldom the same.
For those born feet-first, life is comfortable, and one night a month they lock themselves in a secure room to fur up in peace.
Barebacks, trapped in their human skin and drafted at eighteen into the Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activity, don't have it so easy.
A full moon means patrolling the silent night in search of transformed citizens breaking the curfew.
The rest of the month, DORLA agents mop up the after-effects of the trespasses, the fights and the maulings.
Resignedly, she takes the case - but before Ellaway can be tried, her maimed friend is murdered.
Lola wants justice. She'll settle for the truth. But in a divided world, asking for the truth may bring answers that you don't want to hear.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/01/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099499459
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Review by ascexis
Urban fantasy, where werewolves are substantially in the majority, and those born without the lycanthropic twist in their dna are known, derisively, as barebacks.Whitfield takes a fab inversion of a uual idea, and does wonderful things with it. The Barebacks are drafted at 18 into governement agencies for the control of weres at full moon. A world with a self-imposed curfew and lockup for all were-wolves, it would have been tempting to take the pov of one of the many other characters in the book, but it's written from the pov of one of the bareback cops/prosecutors/investigators, who I think, from the outside, wuld be very unsympathetic. From the inside, you're drawn in.Gloria's motives are dubious, her methods more so. There are a few moments when the plot twisted in a way I hadn't expected -- and really, wasn't convinced by. Not a particularly happy ending for anyone, but one of those ending that is satisfying, having come to know the characters and world during the book. As a character story, and a world, and a murder mystery, it was a riveting read, and I really liked the noirish style.
Review by peterannis
Not the best book I have ever read but just above average. It started fairly well took some perseverence to get through the middle sections and had a reasonable but somewhat predictable ending. There are paralells between fantasy fiction framework of this book and the lot of minorities in real life.