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Hemlock Grove ; or, The wise wolf
Brian McGreevy
Adult Fiction MCGREEV

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In screenwriter McGreevy's smartly constructed debut novel, a former mill town is swept with fear when the corpse of a local teen is discovered. The crime scene lacks the usual clues, though the wounds point to an unidentifiable animal. At Hemlock Grove High School, eyes immediately turn to Peter Rumancek, a new senior rumored to be a werewolf. Peter is grudgingly persuaded by Roman Godfrey-heir to an old family fortune whose assets lie in the Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies-to find the real killer. Meanwhile, Roman must deal with his bizarre family-his cousin, Letha, who insists she was impregnated by an angel; his younger sister, Shelley, whose preternatural intelligence is housed in a grotesque body; and his mother, Olivia, an icy beauty with a tendency to faint. Propelled by the clockwork appearance of bodies, Roman and Peter follow a trail of clues that lead them to dig up a victim's grave and to a mysterious project headed by slick genius Dr. Pryce at the Godfrey Institute. Not only does their investigation reveal the killer, it also uncovers many Godfrey family secrets in the process. McGreevy cleverly contemporizes the gothic novel, underlining the isolations of modern-day technology and adolescence in this engaging, though occasionally affected, literary horror novel. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Peter Rumancek is a new student at the high school in Hemlock Grove, PA. Being the new kid at school is enough to turn heads, but Peter is of gypsy blood, and word gets out he might be a werewolf as well. When the mutilated bodies of young girls begin showing up, Peter becomes a suspect. He teams with local bad boy Roman Godfrey, whose family essentially owns the small town, to investigate the murders. There are plenty of suspects in Hemlock Grove, which houses a looming biotechnology facility called the White Tower where human and animal experiments take place. Verdict Screenwriter McGreevy makes a stunning literary debut with this gothic, paranormal thriller. He plays on gothic themes with misfits and mobsters inhabiting his story, but he grounds his plot with plenty of authentic angst-ridden teenage turmoil. Though the writing can be stilted at times, this novel keeps you guessing until the very end. Any fans of paranormal or horror genres will be delighted by this novel. The ending leaves an opening for a sequel, and McGreevy has signed on to produce an adaption of the book for Netflix. [Library marketing; the author is also working on an adaption of Dracula for Leonardo DiCaprio's production company.-Ed.]-Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Peter Rumancek
Age: 18
High school senior; searches for a serial killer;.

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