In “The Wolf Gift” (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95), the angels and vampires are gone, and author Anne Rice introduces us to the werewolf.
Rueben Golding is a young reporter for the San Francisco Observer doing a story about a beautiful old house on the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. Marchent Nideck, a lovely lady, is the owner and plans to sell.
Rueben is overcome with the house and would like to be its next owner. He stays over, but in the middle of the night he hears Marchent being attacked. His rescue attempt ends in his being bitten and severely wounded.
While recovering, he realizes he's changing and becoming a kind of man wolf, but able to change back to a man under certain conditions.
He also has another problem. He can smell out evil and has saved several people from death as a wolf by brutally killing their assailants.
Rueben has many questions, and the house may hold the answers to his uncontrollable power.
Rice continues her wonderful storytelling, although near the middle of the book it seems to bog down a little as she becomes more esoteric and questioning about philosophical topics. But it won't stop you from reading a fine story.
— John Harrington