Phantom Lover

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It was bad enough for Dave Callaghan, a struggling Private Eye, finding a half-naked ectoplasm sitting at his desk, but she had to talk nonsense too . . .

(The First Book In The Dave Callaghan Paranormal Investigation Series)

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About Kfir Luzzatto

Kfir Luzzatto was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.
Kfir has published extensively in the professional and general press over the years. For almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper). His non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, (a not-so-boring tale of what patents are about, in Hebrew) was published in 2002 by Globes Press. He is the author of several short stories but now mostly writes full-length fiction. His first novel, CROSSING THE MEADOW was published by Echelon Press (October 2003) and was voted "BEST HORROR NOVEL" in the 2003 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. Kfir is an HWA (Horror Writers Association) and ITW (International Thriller Writers) member and also serves on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor. His second novel, THE ODYSSEY GENE, was published by Echelon Press (July 2006) and was a finalist in the Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards. He got the inspiration for his new thriller, "THE EVELYN PROJECT", from an in-depth research into the family archives.
You can visit Kfir’s web site and read his blog at www.kfirluzzatto.com. Follow him on Twitter (@KfirLuzzatto).

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Reviews

Review by: Nathan Burgoine on April 14, 2013 : star star star star
One of the things I love about e-reading is the proliferation of short fiction available. I like that I can drop a buck or two on a short story by an author I love, or a few books for a few stories (or a fully fledged collection). It's the perfect format for short stories and novellas.

I nabbed this duet by Kfir Luzzatto and really enjoyed it - the book has two tales featuring Dave Callaghan, a paranormal noir detective style character whose clients are... unusual.

"Phantom Lover," by Kfir Luzzatto

This story takes the snidely humorous private detective story and turns it a bit on its head via a lady of the night who happens also to be a little less than alive (but business is still good, thanks). Luzzatto's detective, Dave Callaghan, is hired to help a young - and very wealthy - wife ensure that her husband doesn't waste away in the arms of the ghostly woman of the night. But sometimes - well, in Dave Callaghan's life, it seems like always - things aren't exactly what they seem.

The tone of the tale is spot-on: amusing, quick with the snark, and yet still containing that dark thread that keeps it rooted in the noir tradition it's building upon. I definitely want more Callaghan.

"Accidental Lazarus," by Kfir Luzzatto

The second of the two stories included in this volume has a more comic feel to it, though it's still the same private detective being confronted by another unusual client. This time, it's "Stupid Joe" - a huge hulk of a man who is a hired thug and a finger-breaker for hire. That the man had a giant hole plugged through his chest when he was shot from behind by an unknown assailant hasn't really seemed to slow him down, and now he wants Dave Callaghan to help him track down his killer, so he can get even.

That, or he'll whack Dave. It's an offer he can't quite refuse.

Investigating the dead man's killer is thrown off course by none other than Dave's girlfriend, Lizzie, who unknowingly takes a shine to the murdered Joe, and things take a turn for the (further) surreal when Joe starts to seem a little less keen on putting down the man who put him down.

Clever and amusing in turns, I liked that Luzzatto never really explains much of the paranormal in his Dave Callaghan stories - it's just a fact of life for Dave, and the type of client he gets.

This pair is a great set to introduce yourself to Luzzatto's world.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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