Ken Tucker
January 25, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sharp Teeth

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Toby Barlow
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Anthony, an L.A. dogcatcher, falls for a dame — who proves to be a werewolf. She’s fleeing a gang of ’em, led by the lethal Lark, whose crew can also pass as ordinary mutts. Barlow gets inside the heads of these mutating canines as they plot against rival bands of lycanthropic hounds and murder innocent humans. It takes a while, but the love-addled Anthony finally smells something fishy — er, doggy — and tries to save his (love) life. I’ve saved the most piquant detail for last: Toby Barlow writes Sharp Teeth entirely in blank verse. Its suspenseful noir poetry gives his tale surprise and emotion. A-

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