THE TROUBLE WITH HAIRY by Hal Bodner (2012 CreateSpace / 442 pp / eBook and tp)
In this sequel to Bodner's 2005 novel BITE CLUB, a series of pet deaths hits West Hollywood, and while the police take notice, they don't take action until human corpses start piling up. Coroner Becky O'Brien notices a similarity with each victim, and not only by how they died: they each happened to be gay men, which reminds her of the vampire attacks of a few years earlier.
When two old women discover a naked man eating one of their pets in their backyard, he is arrested--and when Becky catches wind of this, she contacts gay vampire Chris to once again come in and help the police identify the suspect. Chris arrives with his boyfriend Troy (much of their dialogue is hysterical) and it doesn't take long for Chris to realize the naked man in police custody is actually a werewolf, one of many living in the area.
Once Bodner gets things going, the laughs come fast and furious, as do several suspense scenes that'll have you tearing through the pages. One chapter featuring City Manager Pamela Burman who--while "babysitting" the werewolf suspect--takes him out to a fancy restaurant and things (of course) go haywire. This whole segment had me laughing out loud, and was just a taste of things to come in the second half of the novel.
This is a smart, finely-crafted horror comedy, its only flaw being a bit TOO much character background given when things start to take off: these several areas slow the pace down, but it's worth sifting through the info. overload to get to the goods.
If horror comedies are your thing, this should be right up your alley.