Carter & Lovecraft

  • by Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by Ari Fliakos
  • 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Carter reluctantly investigates, he discovers that H. P. Lovecraft's tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected and far more unwanted inheritance.

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What the Critics Say

"Carter & Lovecraft is a Pandora's box loaded with all the wonderfully twisted stuff I love, including a two-fisted homicide cop turned PI, warped realities, a mysterious bookstore, the Cthulhu mythos, a dash of romance, and creepy fish-men. What's not to love? Jonathan L. Howard knows how to show his readers a wickedly good time." (Christopher Golden, New York Times best-selling author of Dead Ringers)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great concept, could have done so much with it

The end of the book seems short-circuited. The story was great, but then wraps up and ends all of a sudden. Then everything is different with little explanation.
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- Travis

A Slog Through Providence

Carter & Lovecraft is a mildly entertaining pastiche, something akin to a Shadow, Doc Savage or pulp detective novel with plenty of Lovecraftian shenanigans thrown in for good measure. Much like some of the material from which it draws inspiration, it plays out as formula. It's homage to Lovecraft never really goes beyond the sort of surface level approach that's been done literally hundreds of times now: chapters named after Lovecraft stories, characters with obvious connections to the author or his work, overly familiar Lovecraftian settings and themes, etc. It might all seem fresh to unfamiliar eyes (or, in this case, ears) but if you're familiar with this sort of fiction it plays out rather predictably, not unlike an evening of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. The addition of some pop culture references does little to enhance the proceedings and by the end of the book, when I should have been most engaged in the story, I found myself impatiently waiting for it wrap up.

It's not bad. The book ends in an interesting place and the narration is solid. It's just not going to surprise you unless you're pretty unfamiliar with this sort of HPL-influenced work.
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- Jim N

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio