The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

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Then she opened her mouth to scream—and recognised me. It was what I’d been waiting for. She froze. She looked into my eyes. She said, “It’s you.”

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.

Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.

Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human.

One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.


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About Glen Duncan

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Glen Duncan is the author of eight previous novels. He was chosen by both Arena and The Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain's best young novelists. He lives in London.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Vintage. 353 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the 21st century the victims of werewolves’ bites have been dying rather than transforming, so when the penultimate werewolf is eliminated, Jake Marlowe becomes the last.

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The New York Times

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A novel narrated by a werewolf, morally as well as physically ambiguous, who is tortured by the spirits of his victims and ready to surrender to his pursuers.

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The Guardian

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(A female vampire called Mia is "a strikingly beautiful woman who smelled like a vat of pigshit and rotten meat".) The prose's yoking of the concrete quotidian to the supernatural is perfectly summed up as Marlowe watches some vampires driving off in a minivan: "the people-carrier, carrying its i...

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The Guardian

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Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop At the novel's start, Marlowe's endangered status comes as a huge relief.

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New York Journal of Books

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To less careful readers this will be jarring but for the deeply invested reader this will provide a further emotional connection between we mere mortals and those cursed by the lunar lusts.The result is a fast paced, intense story of not one but an entire race of supernatural creatures that we as...

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Los Angeles Times

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Jacob broods on his origins and his first kill in these pages, on the old life he left behind when he collided with — and was mauled by — a werewolf fleeing hunters in a Welsh forest in the 19th century.

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Entertainment Weekly

(Why are the werewolf stalkers so strangely chivalrous, refusing to take Jake down when he's in his human state?) He's blocked out vivid action sequences that will smooth the way for the no-doubt soon-to-be-hired screenwriter.

Jun 29 2011 | Read Full Review of The Last Werewolf

The Washington Post

Not to take anything away from that other Jacob’s abs, but it’s impossible to imagine Stephenie Meyer’s werewolf saying, “You eat fast, in a worsening temper, with contempt for God’s creative vulgarity in yoking consciousness to meat.” And what a well-read beast this last werewolf is.

Jul 05 2011 | Read Full Review of The Last Werewolf

Dallas News

It’s taken three and a half decades, but someone has finally written a werewolf book that’s the literary and storytelling equal to Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Do shoppers who are increasing their purchases of ammunition have reasonable concerns over future regulation of gun and ammunition sales?

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Independent.ie

On vampires he sneers that: "The vampire gets immortality, immense physical strength, physical grandeur and emotional depth.

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Bookmarks Magazine

British author Glen Duncan has published seven previous novels, including I, Lucifer (2002) and A Day and a Night and a Day (2009).

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Shelf Awareness

In this edition of Maximum Shelf--the monthly Shelf Awareness feature that focuses on a new title that we love--we present Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf, which is a July 12, 2011, publication.

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Time Out Chicago

The more plotted second half allows fewer detracting digressions, though the book aches for one, just one, good werewolf fight.

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Vivid Scribe

I have nothing against werewolf stories or urban fantasy in general, but I did not expect to be blown away by The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan.

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