Sharp Teeth (2008) 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… 2008-01-29 Fiction Mystery and Thriller HarperCollins
Book Review

Sharp Teeth (2008)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 29, 2008; Writer: Toby Barlow; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: HarperCollins

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-

Originally posted Jan 25, 2008 Published in issue #976 Feb 01, 2008 Order article reprints