Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

Hard SpellHard Spell by Justin Gustainis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun and entertaining read from beginning to end. Imagine a world where civil rights are extended to all, no matter your sex, race, religion, or if you are living or one of the undead. Justin Gustainis has created a world where humans and the supernatural coexist. The main character is Stan Markowski, a cop on the supe (supernatural) squad. He handles cases that involve crimes committed by or committed against supernatural beings (Vampires, werewolves, witches, goblins etc).

For me this book had an old school crime novel feel to it, which I loved. Add the fact that it’s full of supernatural beings (some law abiding some not so much), and you end up with a familiar yet new take on crime novels and life in general. Written with humor and suspense, I found the plot action packed and fast paced but a little predictable. Even though some of the destinations were predictable, the journey getting there certainly wasn’t. As I was reading Hard Spell I found myself thinking this would make an interesting movie or, better yet, a weekly series*.

This book does contain strong language and violence, with that warning I would recommend it to anyone.

*Hint for the SyFy channel.

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