A Werewolf Among Us ★★★☆☆

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Title: A Werewolf Among Us
Series: ———-
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF/Mystery
Pages: 211
Words: 53K

Synopsis:

Baker St Cyr is a detective, a Cyber-Detective! He can plug a portable computer into his chest and have it integrate within himself, thus giving him an edge of logic that most humans don’t have. It also nags him about his dreams, dampens his emotions and can affect his actions.

St Cyr is hired by an extremely rich man on a pleasure world to find out who killed some of his family. With no clues whatsoever, the local constabulary are baffled. Several more murders occur while St Cyr is there and an attempt is made on his life. All clues point to a local animal that supposedly can turn humans into werewolves. St Cyr must also battle the deadening of his emotions and the awakening of said emotions when he falls in love with his client’s daughter.

In the end, St Cyr figures out that the “butler” did it, is prevented from destroying said robot by his own cyber-unit (because it isn’t logical as all robots must adhere to the 3 Laws) and almost dies. The love interest saves the day, saves St Cyr from himself and saves herself from a stifling family relationship.

My Thoughts:

Koontz turns his hand to future murder mystery with rather predictable results. Just looking at the cover should tell you who the murderer is. As soon as the main character noticed that the robot butler went around on an anti-grav plate, I knew it was the robot. There was no mystery. It would have been cooler if there HAD been a werewolf.

The main reason I knocked off some stars is because of the final fight scene. St Cyr refuses to accept that his cyber-unit is deliberately affecting him by not allowing him to shoot the killer robot, that is trying to kill everyone right then, right there in full view. So he wastes half the fight trying to shoot down Robo-Butler and missing, while his love interest is screaming at him to throw the gun to her so she can turn Robo-Butler into Robo-Scrapmetal. He ignores her until it is almost too late. That isn’t logic but plain stupidity.

The overall story was a fun little tale, even while being completely predictable. I’d probably have notched it up to a 3 ½ star rating if it weren’t for St Cyr acting like a complete idiot in the fight.

Well, another old Koontz under my belt (I believe this was published in 1973?).

★★★☆☆

29 thoughts on “A Werewolf Among Us ★★★☆☆

    1. There is a legend of the natives that states that there are werewolves, but sadly, there is no actual werewolf.
      If I were you, I’d complain to management and get your money back! And do it quick before everyone else has the same idea…

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                1. Just because I happen to like to dress up fancy with a little red hat and a name tag does not mean I WORK here. My goodness, your class prejudices are really showing through.
                  In fact, I feel offended. I think you owe me money for offending me! $10 bucks buddy,or I call the cops and tell them to arrest you for offending me!

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    1. Even with my reading through a large part of his catalog I don’t think I’d qualify him as a favorite either. But there are enough elements that I like about his writing to keep on going 😀

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  1. Well…that’s…disappointing I guess is the right word. I have so far not read any Koontz novel, which is strange considering my fondness for novels such as these. I know my mum read quite a few novels by him, but as the comment above says: I know he wasn’t really a favorite of his. Guess I will need to pick one up myself to determine what I think of him. While the synopsis for this book sounds pretty cool, it seems the execution left a bit too be desired I suppose😊 And really…the butler did it? Lol😂 Great review!

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    1. While Koontz has some fantastic books, most of his stuff is in the 3 star range. He’s prolific without being fantastic. I think he’s a writer for the kind of people who read one, maybe two, books a year…

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      1. One, maybe two books a year huh? Well..don’t think I ever had a year like that before😂😂 Maybe one day I will pick something up from him at some point. Gotta try at least every flavor of icecream once I guess they say 😊

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      1. 👍 And if you make a blog post on it, I’ll be the first to read! (Well, metaphorically speaking, I don’t really pay attention if I’m actually the first on people’s posts 😉)

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  2. Well, probably Mr. Koontz should have stayed in his usual horror & supernatural territory, because this one does not sound very intriguing – and for some reason the detail about the plug-in computer sounds more funnily silly than anything else… 🙂

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    1. Sometimes technology just doesn’t age well if it is handled like this 🙂
      Whenever I realize the book I’m reading by him is outside his normal stuff, I know I’m in for a treat, whether good or bad!

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