When the teenage Alex Locke did his bird for armed robbery, hard man Benny Magee took him under his protection. Prison worked for Alex, he worked hard, came out with an academic degree and walked into a job at a college. Now with his older daughter threatened by a gang of drug dealers, Alex needs Benny’s help again, but nothing in this world comes without a price.
Problem is the price involves another robbery. Not a blag this time, but a burglary. To get the cash to pay off the dealer Alex has to break into the house of an elderly stage magician and steal one specific artefact. A human heart carved out of volcanic glass. A simple job on the face of it, but Alex didn’t count on the Wolves of London, a nightmarish group of supernatural entities that haunt the underworld of organised crime. As Alex gets drawn further into their world, only the power of the obsidian heart and the help of some mysterious time travelling allies keeps Alex and his friends alive.
The Wolves of London from Mark Morris is a great read that skilfully crosses the boundaries between dark crime, Clive Barker style horror and science fiction. Within the pages we encounter some really nasty villains and a number of temporal set ups that will hopefully be revealed in books two and three of the series.
Blurring the boundaries of dark fiction, I give The Wolves of London a 666/666.
The Wolves of London is available now from Titan Books price £7.99 in paperback or £3.83 as a download.