Facts About Lycanthrope
The study of Lycanthropy, ( Greek word for â€˜Lycanâ€™ meaning wolf, and â€˜thropeâ€™ meaning man) is a rare condition in which a person has an uncontrollable desire to eat human flesh, or drink human blood. It is vastly scrutinized by psychiatrists.
That was not the case for my hero Detective Nick Difozzio, in â€œThe Tarot Card Murders,â€ one tale in my crime/mystery anthology, â€œFlagitiousâ€. When young and virginal homicide victims turn up with human bite marks and drained of blood, this ex-Navy man knew he had a gang of Lycanthropes in his town.
The perception of a link between mental illness and animalistic behavior has been traced throughout the history of folklore from many different countries.
Centuries ago, persons exhibiting bizarre symptoms were written off as the afflicted being melancholy. Nowadays, some doctors refer to Clinical lycanthropy as a psychotic episode caused by another condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or clinical depression.
In â€œThe Tarot Card Murders,â€ Nick is on his own to prove this murderous gang exists. When the Chief of Police, orders him off the case, Nick is left with only his courage, wits, determination and a Voodoo Priestess, to solve these bizarre murders, and save his citizens.
Documented cases of lycanthrope include the afflicted suffering from the same 4 symptoms; delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior, such as barking or howling, walking on all fours, and scratching furniture.
In â€œThe Tarot Card Murdersâ€, the gang members are connected by their birthdates, of August 24. The birthstone Peridot, and the Horoscope sign Virgo. Members are kept in line with monetary rewards, intimidation, and threats of death, from the gangs Alfa male and female. The more Nick uncovers, the more personal and dangerous this case becomes.
If you enjoy reading about lust, lies and deceit, you will love â€œThe Tarot Card Murdersâ€.
Blurbs for â€œFlagitiousâ€ a four crime/mystery anthology
â€œToo Solve His Motherâ€™s Murderâ€
After his Air Force career was interrupted by his motherâ€™s untimely murder, Steven Moore, returned home. Met with a cold reception of lies, secrets, and threats, he is determined too find Wandaâ€™s killer, even at the cost of his own life. Was Wanda a victim of the legendary Hatchet Man? Was this loving and devoted mother killed because of her shady past, or for her inheritance? Between finding the truth and falling in love, Steven stops at nothing, too solve his motherâ€™s murder.
â€œThe Other Coupleâ€™s Childâ€
Charlotte had it all. A loving and devoted husband. Supportive family and friends, and a house full of beautiful children. Everything was perfect for this Super Mom, until a medical procedure turns her life upside down, and spirals into a child abduction case. Time is running out. Will police arrive in time to save Charlotte and the other coupleâ€™s child?
â€œ3381 Market Streetâ€
Katherine Sims, a young widow working for a brokerage firm in a small southeastern town, is tired of the excuses concerning Charlieâ€™s absence. She knows something terrible must have happened to her favorite nephew with the sad blue-eyes. After exposing the killer, Katherineâ€™s life is turned upside down and she finds herself fighting for her life. Filled with maniacal suspects, a Satanic Cult, and danger around each corner, this story depicts one womanâ€™s courage too avenge a childâ€™s murder, while finding unexpected love.
â€œThe Tarot Card Murdersâ€
New Detective, and ex-navel man, twenty-six-year-old Nick Difozzio, returns to his small county determined too abolish crime. Not until death knocked on his door, did he know the face of evil. Will the decorated veteran destroy the Lycanthropes, or will he succumb to their murderess desires and become one of them? He took an oath too protect, honor, and uphold the law, but can he defy the lust, riches, and power offered, or are the â€˜dark forcesâ€™ stronger than his will?
Excerpt from â€œThe Tarot Card Murdersâ€
The Scene: Detective Nick Difozzio has been called to another bizarre murder scene, located in the abandoned industrial section of town.
An abrupt silence you could cut with a knife filled the room. â€œShape-shifters?â€ said one from the group. â€œYou mean like a Yeti turns into a deer to avoid those who track it. Or the Lock Ness monster turns into a log.â€
After Ted and the others poked fun at his fantastic idea, Nick laid it out, â€œNot exactly. But certain creatures are believed to have shape-shifting powers of one sort or another, and what other possibility is there to explain these bizarre murders?â€
â€œWell, we could have a psychopath lurkinâ€™ around. Or a nutty drifter or escaped convict,â€ Ted said. â€œBut it doesnâ€™t take a brain surgeon to understand that, if shape-shifters do exit, they would be very elusive creatures, nearly impossible to detect and capture. What does take a lot of imagination, is believing in shape-shifters.â€
â€œYeah, I guess youâ€™re right. Iâ€™ll see ya tomorrow,â€ Nick said. Once outside, he noticed the full moon, and wondered, who will die tonight? On reaching his vehicle, he discovered a surprise in his passenger seat.
â€œDenise, whatâ€™s going on?â€ he asked via the driverâ€™s window.
With teeth white as snow, she said, â€œWell, sugar, I was thinkinâ€™ about the last time you were at my house. You remember, when you cabbaged my safe contents so foolishly?â€
With a chuckle, he nodded. â€œHoney, the only foolish thing I did that night was fail to realize the money in the safe was counterfeit. But I bet itâ€™s all gone now.â€
â€œAnd I bet youâ€™re right,â€ she smiled. Just then, Deniseâ€™ partner in crime, twenty-two-year-old Wendy Goss zapped the lawman with a stun gun from behind, dropping him like a hot potato.
Jumping from the vehicle, Denise removed Nickâ€™s gun and cell phone, placing them under the seat. Afterward, both women placed him in the backseat. Getting behind the steering wheel of Nickâ€™s car, Denise drove his Mustang, while Wendy followed in her Firebird.
Halfway to the destination spot, Nick regained consciousness. With his gun gone, he played dead, hoping to find the gangâ€™s hangout. Soon both vehicles stopped. Denise exited the Ford then helped Wendy search the Firebirdâ€™s trunk, for items needed for Nickâ€™s demise.
â€œSomeone better keep an eye on the cop,â€ Wendy said.
â€œDonâ€™t worry, that pigâ€™s out cold,â€ Denise said, finding rope. Peering out the back window, Nick realized he was on an abandoned farm. Searching for landmarks, he memorized a foreclosure sign reading Stonewall Realty.
Uncertain if the girls were armed, Nick made the decision to strike now or never. Disabling his carâ€™s dome light, he cautiously retreated from the backseat. As quiet as a mouse, he snuck up on the chattering women foraging for items to gag and bind him.
As soon as the murdering beauties were finished gathering their supplies, Denise slammed the trunk shut. Immediately Nick punched her between her baby blues, knocking her to the ground before turning on Wendy.
Struggling with the yellow-haired lady, who, like her partner, was trained in Judo, Nick swapped blows with the tall slender gal and encountered a high degree of skill. Then, recovering, Denise attacked him from behind with a blow to his ribs, bringing him to his knees. Both women struck like tigers from all sides.
Doing his best to avoid their most deadly kicks, Nick used every device not nailed down as a weapon against the feisty felines. First, his leather belt with the sterling silver buckle, then, a stray piece of firewood left behind by the homeowners. Across the parking area, the trio fought. Nick matched his street skills against the trained martial artists as each one fought for their own reasons.
The gallant cop battled for his life and self-respect, while the women fought for control over the detective representing the authority they loathed. Or perhaps, Denise and Wendyâ€™s desire for domination extended to include the entire county, not just the town, thought Nick. Whatever the reason, theyâ€™re formidable.
Bruised and bleeding, the women fought until Nick broke Wendyâ€™s arm. Seizing the opportunity to get away, she escaped in her vehicle leaving her comrade helpless and easily overpowered.
â€œGet off me, you bastard!â€ Denise screamed as Nick slammed her to the ground, cuffing her.
â€œYouâ€™re under arrest.â€ Wiping the blood from his lip, he threw her into his vehicle then drove to the local hospital. On the way there, Nick phoned headquarters, â€œI got one of the blood members. Weâ€™re on our way to the ER.â€
JoAnne works for a nursing home in Ohio, and is the proud author of seven novels and canvas paints.
REVIEWS FOR FLAGITIOUS
PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD
Review: This anthology was wonderful. Each and every story was interesting and I read it in one day. Every story was different; the one thing they had in common was crime of one kind or another. I recommend this book, it was never boring.
Reviewer: Linda Tonis in January 2015
Review: I would definitely say Flagitious is filled with suspense, intrigue and violent situations that will keep readers guessing until they turn the last page.
Reviewer: Fran in January 2015
Other books by JoAnne:
“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology
“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology
“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime
â€œPOEMS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEENâ€
“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology
â€œMURDER MOST FOUL,â€ a detective/mystery
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