Department Zero

To be totally honest, I am not sure how to review this book. It’s incredible. It’s a non-stop roller coaster of multi-dimensional chaos and mayhem, and more than a little humor. I have always been a fan of the amazing H.P. Lovecraft, and this novel pays tribute to his genius. Author Paul Crilley has created an epic story. I really enjoyed the characters. Harry Priest and Havelock Graves have a very interesting, albeit dangerous, relationship. The story is so vivid that, when I was reading, I could almost feel the waves of the ocean blowing and the winds of the deserts howling. I would recommend this for anyone seeking a truly thought provoking, and somewhat terrifying, novel.

Harry Priest is stuck in a dead-end job (no pun intended). He’s a crime scene cleanup tech. Until, one fateful day, a case goes horribly wrong, and Harry ends up working with Department Zero. Crime scene cleanup of the supernatural type, covering the entire multiverse, and then some. Harry thinks he’s going to be doing the same thing, day in and day out. He very quickly realizes just how wrong his assumption is. Harry eventually stumbles upon a horrific plot, meant to destroy the entire multiverse. Can he, Graves, and the rest of Department Zero stop this mad plot? And can they do it before he must say goodnight to his daughter? Or will the entire world end in a terrifying way? Come along on a wild and crazy adventure to find out!

Book Blurb for Department Zero



Harry Priest just wants to make sure his ex-wife doesn’t take away his visitation rights, and his dead-end job cleaning up crime scenes for the past ten years isn’t doing him any favors.


But when Harry attends what he thinks is a routine death, he stumbles onto a secret multiverse of alternate realities all reachable through universe-hopping gates. Policing these worlds is Havelock Graves, the Interstitial Crime Department’s top agent for ten years running (according to him).  When Harry accidentally messes with the ICD crime scene, Graves and his team are demoted as low as they can go: Department Zero. They’re recruiting Harry too—not because he charmed them, but because he just might hold the key to saving the universe . . . and getting their old jobs back.


To do this, Graves and his team set out to solve the crime that lost them their jobs.  A crime that involves a cult planning to hunt down and steal the fabled Spear of Destiny in order to free the Great Old One Cthulhu from his endless sleep in the Dreamlands. (Because that’s another thing Harry soon finds out. Everything H. P. Lovecraft wrote is true. Like, everything.)


The team will have to fight its way through realities filled with Martian technology and evade mad priests (Harry’s favorite kind) in a realm of floating landmasses where magic really exists.


And Harry has to do it all in time to say good night to his daughter.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2017 5.00