Black Magic Woman

Black Magic Woman

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by Justin Gustainis

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1. The 'magic detective' sub-genre of Dark Fantasy is red hot at the moment with properties crossing over into TV and film.

2. Cover endorsement from Jim Butcher, the creator and author of The Dresden Files novel and hit TV series.

3. Stunning art from the artist who illustrated the US Dresden Files covers.

4. Follows a highly successful trade

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1. The 'magic detective' sub-genre of Dark Fantasy is red hot at the moment with properties crossing over into TV and film.

2. Cover endorsement from Jim Butcher, the creator and author of The Dresden Files novel and hit TV series.

3. Stunning art from the artist who illustrated the US Dresden Files covers.

4. Follows a highly successful trade release.

Supernatural investigator Quincey Morris and his partner, white witch Libby Chastain, are called in to help free a desperate family from a deadly curse that appears to date back to the Salem Witch Trials. To release the family from danger they must find the root of the curse, a black witch with a terrible grudge that holds the family in her power.
The pursuit takes them to the mysterious underworlds of Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York, stalking a prey that is determined to stay hidden. After surviving a series of terrifying attempts on their lives, the two find themselves drawn inexorably towards Salem itself ­ and the very heart of darkness.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Black Magic Woman is the best manuscript I've ever been asked to read. Keep an eye on Justin Gustainis. You'll be seeing more of him soon." - Jim Butcher.

"Family vendettas abound in an intriguing tale that pits a descendant of Bram Stoker's Quincey Morris against two kinds of dark magic — an inherited curse and Zulu fetish witchcraft. As much as I enjoy walking in a Wiccan wonderland, stories that explore other witchcraft traditions are a treat. This one's a real page-turner and a solid start to a new paranormal detective series."

— Elaine Cunningham, author of Shadow in the Darkness and Shadows in the Starlight

"Dennis Wheatley meets Kim Newman! Voodoo and Muti and old Salem witches! Shout outs to Jack Crow and Harry D'Amour! I loved it!

Justin is a first class writer; he's smart and he's fun, he moves quickly and he takes corners at speed. Every time you think you know where he's going, he makes a point of going somewhere else. His characters are sharp and vivid, his dialogue crackles with wit and tension, and when it comes to the scarier corners of the magical underworld, he knows his stuff.

This is a novel that's packed with story and engaging characters and I can't wait to read the next one. "

—Simon R. Green, author of the "Nightside" series

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Quincey Morris Series
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6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Justin Gustainis was born in Pennsylvania in 1951. Following military service, he held a variety of jobs, including speechwriter and professional bodyguard, before earning a PhD at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Mr Gustainis currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York. He is a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University. He is also the author of several noir-tinged urban fantasies featuring investigator Quincey Morris.

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Black Magic Woman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Knave_of_Fools More than 1 year ago
In a marketplace that is becoming glutted with barely distinguishable entrants, this new series of urban fantasy books stands head and shoulders above the rest. Quincey Morris and Libby Chastain are a pleasure to meet while their allies and enemies are equally compelling. Unlike in most of its contemporaries, both the protagonists and antagonists are unique and well-executed. Too often in this genre, the reader is left with groups of sexually irresistible heroes and villains that have all of the complexity of cardboard cutouts. In Black Magic Woman, motivations and depth of character are brilliantly on display but don't bog down a fast moving and exciting plot. Even minor characters are fully realized. This is not to say that this book is not without flaws. Certain plot twists are poorly executed and just as quickly forgotten about while the finale lacks a certain satisfaction. Finally, the reader may be wary because one of the main characters draws his lineage from one the figures of the classic Dracula. The use of already established characters or history almost always dooms a book or series from the beginning (any of the many re-imaginings of Sherlock Holmes adventures are perfect examples of this flaw). In this case, however, this history serves to enrich rather than detract from the story.
B-Brown More than 1 year ago
Justin Gustainis is for real. Justin Gustainis has a gritty, engaging style, with likeable characters and not so subtle humor. A fun and quick read, it will leave you wanting more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book with one HUGE exception, the writers attempt to get the Austin Texas dialect down, drove me crazy. Every time the writer used "podner" for partner, I pictured my New Yorker boss trying to play cowboy and wanted to vomit. Only yankees trying act like a cowboy would ever say podner. It's partner. The book was a spookier version of the Dresden Files and a really fun read with a few cool twists to magic.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
There's a quote from Jim Butcher on the cover of this book. And since I'm a Harry Dresden (and Harry Potter) addict, a favorable quote from Jim Butcher has to catch my eye. "Keep an eye on Justin Gustainis," he says. I certainly will. And I'll be looking out for more in this series. .So anyway, there was this American called Quincy Morris chasing Dracula long, long ago, and somehow I'd forgotten him. But now his descendant chases evil across America, with the aid of an intriguing white witch called Libby Chastain. They're fascinating characters in a nicely realized world, with neither antipathy nor loyalty to faith, of Christian or any other ilk, but a deep, and thought-provoking, determination to do what's right. Gustainis introduces his characters with finely drawn back stories revealed through intriguing scenes. Even evil characters have backgrounds as well as surprises, but there's no question at all that evil is wrong. "Believers" and "non-believers" struggle to collaborate, communicate and coexist as the plot thickens. And America's own Salem witches follow the paths laid out in history, while a white south-African policeman offers aid to the FBI. I really enjoyed the interplay of Gustainis' characters, the slow revealing of secrets, and the final surprises in this book. Gustainis has created something really intriguing, and I can imagine searching for his future books just as eagerly as I already look for Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. If you like Harry Dresden, or if you're looking for a grown-up Hermione Grainger, this is the book for you.
pinkdoom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book...Gustainis has a clean, fast-paced writing style that doesn't leave unanswered questions at the end (unless it's on purpose for the sake of plot movement!) and his characters are a breath of fresh air in the urban fantasy world. I have a very hard time finding good fantasy novels, especially since the market is becoming saturated with half-witted attempts at writing, but this was a pleasant surprise. Morris and Chastain are likeable and, thankfully, not so powerful or beautiful or fantastic that they have an easy time fighting the bad guys. And what I really respect is that Gustainis did NOT make Morris and Chastain a couple and they have their own unique personalities and backgrounds. The story moves quickly and is detailed, but not so much that it makes your head spin, and the history tied into the story works well as a major part of the plot.
2319 More than 1 year ago
The overall book and story was great, I just don't like this type of writing style. I prefer it to be theperson experiencing telling and explaining.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I could not put it down & the Dracula tie - in..... TOTALY kool!!!! Pick it up - you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quincey Morris isn't your typical private investigator. For one thing, he happens to be a straight descendant of Bram Stoker's Quincey Morris. He also specializes in supernatural cases involving vampires, werewolves, succubis, and other terrifying beings. In this first book in the series, Quincey is called to help a family who is being tormented by, supposedly, a ghost. On closer inspection, however, it becomes evident that a simple ghost isn't the culprit, and that darker, more sinister and eminently dangerous forces are at work: a powerful curse dating back to the time of the infamous Salem witch trials. Together with his partner Libby Chastain, who happens to be a white witch, Quincey sets out to undo the curse in order to save the tormented family. The investigation takes them to Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York as they try to discover the identity of the black witch who is the root of all the problems. At the same time, innocent children are being abducted for utterly despicable reasons. Are their killings related to the curse? Will Quincey and Libby outwit the evil witch, fight the villains who work for her, and stop the murder of innocent souls? Black Magic Woman is one of the most enjoyable paranormal suspense novels I've had the pleasure of reviewing recently. Black magic, witches, and a thoroughly sympathetic supernatural detective team, together with the plot's many exciting twists and turns, make this book a thrilling and enjoyable read. The author combines elements of traditional witchcraft with Zulu fetish witchcraft-truly creepy, truly fascinating. The protagonist possesses just the right amount of boldness and braveness, strength and sensitivity, and has the perfect sense of justice. He's the good guy next door-except, of course, his job is investigating paranormal events and destroying supernatural fiends. The secondary characters are very well drawn as well: the villains are evil without being stereotypical. Indeed, the characterization of some of the minor characters, and not only the witchcraft, is what makes this novel truly terrifying. The action doesn't let up, and the ending is satisfying and will leave readers hungry for more. I can't wait to sink my teeth into the sequel, Evil Ways. If you're a fan of paranormal thrillers/mysteries and urban fantasies, you'll want to add Gustainis to your list of favorite authors. --Mayra Calvani, The Dark Phantom Review
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know how you read a book for the first time and never want it to end? That was 'Black Magic Woman' for me. Can't wait for the next one in this new series. This author has got it going on, no doubt about it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
It is in Quincey Morris¿ blood to be a supernatural investigator because, after all, his great great grandfather was one of the people who helped destroy Dracula. After cleaning out a nest of vampires in a small Texan town he gets another client Walter La Rue who believes his house is haunted and whatever is there is trying to kill him, his wife and their children. When he examines the house he notices charms made by Walter¿s mother-in-law that would keep the inhabitants from being cursed. When she died the charms lost its powers. He consults with white witch Libby Chastain who gets information on the charms and what is targeting the family. They learn that the descendents of Bridget Warren are being cursed by the descendents of Sarah Carter who was convicted of being a witch due to Bridget¿s testimony. Sarah was burned to death her and her present day kin Christine Abernathy will stop at nothing to kill the La Rues, Quincey and Libby. A magic practitioner from South Africa is in the United States killing children to make for Christine a fetish that will allow her to achieve that goal. Inspector Van Dreenan who has a personal score to settle with his country¿s black witch helps the FBI agent in charge of the case understand what they are dealing with. Libby and Quincey become Christine¿s targets and both almost end up dead, which would leave the La Rues at Christine¿s mercy. --- Urban fantasy lovers who enjoy the works of Km Harrison, Tanya Huff and Jim Butcher will thoroughly appreciate BLACK MAGIC WOMAN. Quincey and Libby risk their lives to protect humans from the evil supernatural both protagonists are so personable and selfless readers will want to read more of their escapades. Justin Gustainis must own a magic word processor to create such a well thought out, entertaining and creative work. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great time I had reading this book! I am a huge fan if urban fantasy and this is one of the best I have read. Very much along the lines of Jim Butcher. Quincy and Libby make a great team as occult investgstor and white witch respectively. Great suspense with plenty of magic thrown in. The supporting characters are well written with plenty of indications that we will see more if them in future books. There is no romance or any of the other annoying crap that tends to get in the way of many of the other books of this and other paranormal genre. Just urban fantasy at its best! I have already purchased the other books of the series as well as the novels of his other series. I forsee great novels continuing from Mr. Gustainis and am looking forward to reading them all!! 5++++++ stars!