Julian, California is inhabited by a colorful cast of characters, from seemingly average middle-class folks to a choice selection of burnouts, dropouts, and social misfits. But no one in the small, mountainous community is prepared for the events that follow a lunar eclipse one summer.
A young woman disappears during an eclipse party; when her body is found, it bears the marks of an animal attack. The townspeople nervously assume a marauding mountain lion has killed her. But at the next full Moon, when a schoolteacher dies in the same way, fear becomes hysteria -- is a vicious serial killer at work?
Local resident and reclusive writer Cyrus "Moondog" Nygerski is struck with a deeper fear and is compelled to discover how the women really died. With Joe Acton, a companion new to the area. he finds details of the killings that do not fit the pattern -- and some that fit a more ominous one. And what he comes up with, laid out quite logically and frighteningly, is that there is a werewolf living among the residents of Julian.
Impossible? There are no such things? Let Henry Garfield chillingly convince you in this eminently believable and beautifully written mystery.