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From the best selling author of the Song of Ice and Fire series, comes this chilling story of a werewolf. When a string of grotesque killings begins to strike her small town, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. The grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father's death over 20 years ago. Now there is a killer in town who not only slays his victims, but also takes their skin. Undaunted, Randi prods the police as the murders continue, each more brutal than the last. When a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark world within her own town where monsters exist and prey on the living.
©1988 by George R.R. Martin
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 05-19-03

Well done Werewolf tale

I was very impressed with this tale about a city full of Werewolves. The narrators were well spoken and clearly understood their characters. Although, I like the narration performace of the female much better than the male.
The story was compelling and at times suspenseful. It's a new take on a classic genre. For anyone that like Werewolf stories, I suggest you give this audiobook a try.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daryl on 08-31-05

Will stretch your imagination.

Martin takes an especially vulgar, stunningly realistic approach to writing his science fiction. And it's absolutely marvelous if you can get into it.
He is an author, as I had learned from his other books, who is ruthlessly down-to-earth with his plots and is willing to kill off any characters that get in the way, whether they have "noble hearts" or not. This leaves you on the edge of your seat at all times, which is quite a contrast to the rather predicable majority of fiction authors.

This short story is a wonderful and haunting tale that really brings to life some of the most basic elements of fantasy & science fiction. It recaptures the mystique that has been lately lost by the overdose of generic monsters in modern video games and movies.

Skin Trade is a very unusual werewolf story, taking place in modern times and filled with Martin's vivid descriptions and clever twists. Typical of Martin's writing, it has a somewhat slow start, seeing as only one person dies on the first page. :P
But don't worry, you'll quickly be captivated by the story if you stick around for the juicy parts.

It does not matter if you like werewolves or not. If you like good fiction and don't have a weak stomach, then this book is for you. I have profoundly enjoyed all of Martin's books I have listened to so far, especially the Song of Ice and Fire series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alan R on 06-11-16

Best lycanthrope story...

First read this back in the 1980's and enjoyed it hugely. It is a superb little yarn. My pleasure at finding it on Audible, however, was tempered by pretty dreadful narration - I know it is short, but surely they could have found someone (anyone!?) a bit better a story-telling? After all, that's what brings it all to life, it is more than just "reading out loud".

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