Lilith: Demon of the Nightby Theodore Jerome Cohen
When a man walks into a Catholic church just prior to the start of a funeral service, stuffs garlic into the deceased's mouth and pumps a bullet into the corpse, NYPD Homicide Detective Louis Martelli is as puzzled as he's ever been on a case. No stranger to the macabre, Martelli is even more mystified by Deputy Coroner Michael Antonetti's findings, which confirm that the deceased, far from having died of respiratory failure and a possible heart attack, was murdered by someone who injected him with a lethal dose of Philippine Cobra venom. When other, similar deaths are uncovered in and around New York City, the investigation conducted by Martelli and his partner, Detective Sean O'Keeffe, takes a decidedly morbid turn, leading to the discovery of a modern-day vampire cult, a woman named 'Lilith,' and a serial killer with a score to settle. Who is behind the killings, and can Martelli and O'Keeffe stop him before he kills his last victim and makes good his escape? The answers to these and other questions will be found in this gripping, modern-day tale of vampirism unlike any you have read.
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Theodore J. Cohen, PhD, holds three degrees in the physical sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been an engineer and scientist for more than forty years. He has been an investor for more than fifty years, and most recently, has focused on investigating and reporting on corruption in US financial institutions and agencies of the US government. His seventh novel, Lilith: Demon of the Night, is the third in his Detective Louis Martelli, NYPD, mystery thriller series, and has to do with a serial killer who is murdering members of a modern-day vampire cult. His prior Martelli novel, House of Cards: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is based on real events related to the 2008 financial crisis precipitated by the housing bubble. A still earlier Martelli novel of the same genre, Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls, focused on corruption within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the incompetence of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). From December 1961 through early March 1962, Dr. Cohen participated in the 16th Chilean Expedition to the Antarctic. The US Board of Geographic Names in October, 1964, named the geographical feature Cohen Islands, located at 63° 18' S. latitude, 57° 53' W. longitude in the Cape Legoupil area, Antarctica, in his honor. Dr. Cohen's Antarctic Murders Trilogy describes what happened following a robbery of the Banco Central de Chile in Talcahuano in May, 1960. The robbery and the events that took place primarily between May 1960 and March 1962, are described in Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World (Book I). Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer (Book II) reveals the events that unfolded between March 1962 and March 1965. End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences (Book III) takes place in 1965 and resolves most, but not all, of the issues raised in the series. The entire Trilogy is available in one Kindle edition, Cold Blood. Dr. Cohen's first novel, Full Circle: A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled, which is based on his life as a violinist, was published in 2009. Dr. Cohen is a violinist in the Bryn Athyn (PA) Orchestra and particularly enjoys the music of Gustav Mahler. Dr. Cohen has published more than 450 articles, columns, essays, and interviews, and is a co-author of The NEW Shortwave Propagation Handbook (from CQ Communications). He holds an Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio license (N4XX) and has been on the air since 1952. Visit
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Vampires? Possibly. someone is shooting the dead through the heart and stuffing garlic in their mouths; and it's up to Detective Louis Martinelli and his partner, Detective Sean O'Keefe to find out what's going on before panic falls over New York. Following hot on the trail of someone that is attempting to keep people from becoming vampires, Detective Martinelli is up to his eyebrows in corpses that have been killed... twice. Following the trail backwards to a modern day vampire cult, a man driven by a twisted passion, and a sick little girl; Martinelli and O'Keefe are kept on their toes. When seemingly innocent deaths are found to be murder, and the dead - who seemingly have no connection - are found to be linked together by a woman, only known by the name of Lilith. With a quick wit and a story line that keeps you interested, this is probably one of the better vampire books that I've read lately. I'm sick of the emo vampires that seem to be popping up all over the place lately! The characters are engaging and likeable, and I can say that I would like to read the other (first) Martinelli book, House of Cards: Dead Men Tell No Tales. *I was sent an e-copy of Lilith for free, and am being compensated for this review. This does not influence my opinion in any way.*
Immerse yourself into the world of Homicide Detective Louis Martelli, NYPD in Lilith: Demon of the Night by Theodore Jerome Cohen. Martelli and his partner Detective Sean O’Keeffe have been drawn into the modern day world of vampires through a series of heinous crimes. Someone has been killing people and desecrating their corpses in what looks to be acts of vampirism. The killer has taken extreme measures to ensure that the corpses never rise from their grave. Martelli must use all his wit and wisdom to catch a killer before he strikes again! Cohen doesn’t disappoint. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, filled with murder and intrigue you are kept guessing until the very end. Will you be able to figure it out before the end? Dr. Cohen has published several novels and more than 350 papers, articles, columns, essays, and interviews, and is a co-author of The NEW Shortwave Propagation Handbook (from CQ Communications). For more information on Dr. Cohen and to hear an audio interview please visit his website.
So, I’m really not a big fan of the “vampire” books, movies and such because at this point it seems to be a bit overdone. But, I found cool spin on a vampire story in the book, “Lilith: Demon of the Night“! The main character, Detective Louis Martelli, was already introduced in a previous Cohen mystery as an NYPD detective. Even though I haven’t read any of his previous mysteries, I didn’t feel like I was lacking in “back story” on the character. Martelli has a sidekick, Detective O’Keefe, and together they are investigating the very unusual death and desecration of a body that seems to be related to vampires. After the autopsy, it is found that the person has died by being injected with cobra venom. What’s more is that the deaths begin to pile up and it looks as though the detectives are dealing with a vampire cult that has you trying to figure out what/who are real and what is fiction. This book contains so many interesting elements from snakes, Middle Eastern culture, and of course, vampires. There are also tons of biblical references to Lilith – the lady on the front cover with the serpent. For those that don’t know, Lilith is a half-woman, half- serpent, and is wrapped around the Tree of Knowledge in a Michelangelo renaissance portrait. She is introduced in the Bible as a demon, but is sometimes revered for her strength. She is mostly a myth, but over the decades has served as godly and ungodly, leaving Lilith to be the perfect character for this book! Within all of the twists and turns, Cohen adds fantastic humor and this story keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat while you try to figure out what exactly is going on! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think you will too! Very fast paced and a quick read!
Author Theodore Jerome Cohen brings his NYPD Detective Louis Martelli back with his partner Sean O’Keeffe in his novel Lilith, Demon of the Night, as the duo sleuths solve a bizarre series of murders dealing within the dark side of cult rituals and vampirism. When a bullet is shot into the coffin containing a corpse lying in state at a funeral home from a mysterious cloaked perpetrator, the odd circumstances alerted NYPD’s homicide detectives to take notice. The obvious question of who would want to shoot someone who was already dead prevails; as other details emerge alluding to the rituals and beliefs of something out of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Using silver through the heart, wood stakes to the chest, garlic in the mouth and even a mirror in the coffin, the detectives find these techniques used to keep a vampire rising from the dead as they exhume bodies linked to the trail of finding the serial killer. With twists and turns like a Boa constrictor, the venomous plot unfolds and transports the reader from a modern day high-tech crime fighting novel into the dark side of cult practices within the mind of a serial murderer fixated on revenge. Theodore Jerome Cohen writes in a very convincing and discerning fashion, offering credibility to his characters with his commonsensical understanding of police investigative techniques. He embellishes his characters with a harmonized balance of dialogue and descriptions, achieving excellent visualization within the reader’s mind. The author’s written wit is consistent with stereotypical references to tough, macho police work, yet Louis Martelli possesses an intrinsic understanding of human nature. I found it rather clever that in many instances Theodore Cohen referenced prior instances of his character Martelli’s experiences from other novels, rewarding the loyal readers of his series with a bit of magniloquent pleasure. Impeccably written with the obvious goal to entertain, Theodore Jerome Cohen once again effectuates what he set out to accomplish. Lilith is a trophy on any shelf, a book worthy of an afternoon’s reading enjoyment, a fine gift, or a welcome companion to take on a trip. Written for young adults all the way to mature audiences, Lilith – Demon of the Night stands on its own merit as an enjoyable read. When combined with TJC Publication’s other novels in the Detective Louis Martelli series, it becomes a link in the chain of adventures; an episode quite a bit different from the others. Editor's note: This novel contains adult language
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite Lilith by Theodore Jerome Cohen is one of this author’s fascinating Detective-Investigator Louis Martelli suspenseful murder mysteries. Martelli, NYPD‘s answer to Sherlock Holmes, is seldom inconvenienced by his prosthetic leg, courtesy of a tour of duty in Iraq. In fact, he learns that it is useful for much more than walking; it could possibly save his life one day. With his partner, Sean O’Keeffe, Martelli is stymied by the multiple murders their latest case has uncovered. The two are even more baffled by the apparent “vampire” connection to the murders. Good old fashioned investigative prowess, coupled with a lot of high-tech help from within the NYPD, starts to narrow the focus of their investigation, eventually leading them – by a long, circuitous route – to a suspect. At last they have a name to go with their suspect. Will they be able to locate him in time to make an arrest? Or will he manage to flee America, and avoid being arrested? Lilith is great entertainment. Sprinkled with humorous camaraderie between and among the law enforcement community, the characterizations in this novel are flawlessly believable. The storyline could have been taken straight out of a New York Times front page news story. Every aspect of this novel could quite easily be peddled as Non-Fiction; in spite of the “vampire” connection, everything in this tale really could happen. Theodore Cohen’s novels have all been based on actual events, and thus carry an air of realism not always present in a novel. Lilith is fascinating, believable, realistic, entertaining, well-written, and a must-read for fans of good mystery stories.
I wanted to like this because I'm a mystery fan but found it to be uneven. I loved the premise behind the book but felt the dialogue was choppy and at times misplaced. I'd recommend it to a vamp fan but die-hard suspense fans may want to pass this one by.