Review of Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a free copy of this book by the author for review purposes. The only thing I promised was an honest review. All of my reviews, good or bad, are based on my personal opinion.

Buy this book!

Crossovers are the hardest type of story to do well. You have to please readers of both genres, so the story has to be exceptionally well done to be considered good. This series is good.

Justin Gustainis’ series has the feel of a noir detective story set in a gritty, realistic alternate universe where goblins, ghouls, witches, werewolves, and vampires are just one more thing you have to deal with to get through the day.

It is also imbued with a dry wit that continually makes me stop reading for a moment just to savor a particular comment.

Evil Dark has a darker, more occult story than the first book in the series, Hard Spell, did. While it still maintains the noir detective feel, it winds you deeper into the criminal and supernatural communities of Scranton and surrounding areas.

The story holds up well even if you have not read the first book in the series, but I recommend you do so anyway. Both because it is such a good book, and you will get more out of reading them in order, and because I am certain that once you read this book, you WILL go back and read the first one anyway.

Markowski and the Scranton Occult Crimes Unit are now on my “Read as soon as the next book comes out” list.

I think you will agree.

I give it 4 stars.

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