Phantom Lover Book Review
by Kfir Luzzattogenre: Paranormal Detective Series It was bad enough, I can assure you, finding a half-naked ectoplasm sitting at my desk, but she had to talk nonsense too.
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My ReviewI received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is a book of two short stories about Dave Callahan, a popular private investigator that specializes in the paranormal. The first story is named for the title of the book, Phantom Lover. In this story, an aristocratic woman hires Dave to investigate her husband who is having an affair with an ectoplasm. It starts off pretty good, but even for a short story, it was way too short. This story had so much potential to be awesome, I really don't understand why it was brief and then it ended extremely anticlimactic.
The second story, Accidental Lazarus, was by far exceedingly better. In this case, a prominent thug, "Stupid Joe", has been murdered at a restaurant he frequents. He arrives at Dave Callahan's apartment, with a giant hole in his chest, requesting his assistance in finding his murderer so that he can exact revenge. In return, he says he won't whack Callahan and promises to go back to the morgue. This was a humorous adventure as Callahan searches for a killer and Joe decides to start living, which puts him in quite a few hysterical situations. All in all this book was a quick fun read, but because of the lack of content in the first story, I can only give it four stars.
by Kfir Luzzattogenre: Paranormal Detective Series “Where the hell are they coming from?” When Frankie asked a question, it always sounded like he was placing the blame on someone—me, in this case. Instead of answering, I squashed the white mouse that had just climbed out of his coffee cup. The mouse had the consistency of putty and felt like it; no bloodshed was involved in the squashing.
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Meet the Author:Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. With a PhD in chemical engineering and a long family history that he needs to live up to, Kfir work as a patent attorney and heads the patent law firm that was established by his great-grandfather in Milan, Italy, in 1869. Kfir lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis. Writing has always been Kfir's passion and for almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper), which also yielded his only (if he can help it) non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, (a not-so-boring tale of what patents are about, in Hebrew), which was published in 2002 by Globes Press. Kfir loves writing short stories but has too many novels waiting to be written (and possibly not enough years ahead of him to write them all), so now he mostly writes full-length fiction. His other passion is working with other authors on stories he loves and that's how he wound up serving on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor. You can read about Kfir's books here. He loves them all, but never had greater fun than when working on “HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL”, a YA fantasy that he wrote together with his son, Yonatan.
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