The Wesen are organizing! Which may not mean anything to you if you’re not a fan of the NBC hit show, Grimm, but for the rest of us that means a damn good story! Written by John Shirley, and published by Titan Books, This latest edition to Grimm lore pits detective Nick Burkhardt against a powerful organization of evil Wesen known as The Icy Touch! Here’s the synopsis:
When a torched body is found in an underground tunnel, Portland Police Captain Sean Renard takes one look at the victim’s burned claws and assigns the case to homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin. They soon discover that a criminal organization known as The Icy Touch is threatening Wesen into joining their illegal drug-smuggling operation, and brutally murdering those who refuse. But as Nick closes in on the gang’s charismatic and ruthless leader, the Grimm uncovers an ancient—and deadly—rivalry…
John Shirley really is a master of dark fiction who has been writing since the early 1970’s, which makes him an excellent choice for crafting this novel. The story is exciting, dangerous, yet touched with just the right amount of dark humor. It’s not just the Icy Touch that Burkhardt is up against in this story but a whole past history of vengeance. For years his Grimm ancestors who have been hunted down by a family of Wesen who swore revenge in the early 19th century. Now that blood oath has finally tracked Burkhardt down. Not that the story is totally reliant on Burkhardt and his Girmm abilitis. Hank, Captain Renard, and Monroe all have their moments too as they work to find away to protect Portland’s Wesen from the Icy Touch. All in all, Icy Touch was an excellent read and you don’t have to be a fan of the television show to enjoy it. Shirley does a great job of explaining Wesen, Grimms, Woging (I’m not sure that’s a real thing) and everything else built into the mythology of the series.
Grimm: The Icy Touch is now out in all major book sellers or you can find your own copy on the Titan Books online store!
Woge! I love that word!