Carter & Lovecraft Synopsis: Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case-the hunt for a serial killer-went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he’s a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him.
First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he’s never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn’t want a new boss. She’s Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man.
Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn’t want to be involved, he’s beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As he reluctantly investigates, he discovers that Lovecraft’s tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted inheritance. – Goodreads
Carter & Lovecraft Review
What I thought of this book kind of stumped me. It is not an easy one to review. I slept on it last night, and I still don’t know exactly what I think of it.. I can tell you it is well-written. Its definitely strange enough to fit in with the accepted Lovecraft-style works. The overall atmosphere of the book is great, and the action flows seamlessly onward, sweeping you up whether you like it or not.
I can tell you it had some awesome lines it in. Ones that I can relay to you now, actually:
“He still got a momentary spark of something stupid in its reflexiveness sometimes when he read a news story where some black kid had done some kind of stereotypically black thing that gave a certain strata of white folk a hard-on of righteousness, a spasm of old prejudices. The thing was he knew it, and recognized it as an ugly artifact and not a sincere impulse. It was like having an aging Nazi living in the attic of the mansion of his mind.”
“Do I put this down to a one-off moment of freakiness that will never be repeated, or do I drop the bar on him right now before he gets out the gimp suit and tells me to put the lotion in the basket?”
That last one just made me laugh. If I’d made a list of movie lines I’d never expected to see referenced in a book, it would have been that one!
Jonathan L. Howard, who apparently writes a line of books called the Johannes Cabal series, crafts an excellent story in Carter & Lovecraft. However, its a disconcerting read, and one that left me feeling like I should go back and read it again just to see if there was something I missed along the way. I feel like there’s something vital that I perhaps missed out on.
This starts off as a fairly normal story of a cop who has reached his limit, and soon turns into a headscratching thrill ride as things just get more and more strange as Carter learns of Lovecraft (whom he’d never even read before), his mythos, and gets involved in situations that are some completely puzzling, its a miracle he can handle them without going crazy.
Overall, its worth a read, to say the least.