It's the latest from Anne Rice, The Wolf Gift, out on unabridged audiobook CD from Random House, read by Ron McLarty. Here's what they have to say for themselves:
A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer. . . an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency. . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people. . . an idyllic night--shattered by horrific unimaginable violence. . .The young man inexplicably attacked--bitten--by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness. . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing who--what--he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.
As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, questions emerge that propel him deeper into this mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of the dark enticing history of the grand coastal mansion whose descendents, members of an ancient clan are seemingly caught in the bestowment of the wolf gift; questions of its true nature, and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the possibility of salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations--and finally, of the young man's journey, still to come, toward the sublime acceptance of his being and becoming, fully, both man and wolf.
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