a shadowy killer with strange powers

When a bizarre string of locked-room murders terrorize New York, the police have no leads, no suspects, and only one place to turn. Now private detective Alex Lockerby will need every magical trick in his book to catch a killer who can walk through walls and leaves no trace.

Unfortunately Alex’s magic hasn’t been working very well.  He can’t even manage to track down several truckloads of stolen goods, including one belonging to New York’s preeminent sorcerer, Andrew Barton. To make matters worse, Alex and his clients are being stalked by a shadowy cabal with strange powers that Alex has never seen before.

With the Ghost killer seemingly able to murder at will and the tabloids, the public, and Alex’s clients demanding results, Alex will need a miracle to keep himself, his clients, and his reputation alive.


The Second book in the Arcane Casebook Series



7 reviews for Ghost of a Chance (Signed Copy)

  1. Quincy Whittaker

    Stephen C. Coyle

    It’s Sam Spade meets Harry Potter
    Dan Willis is currently one of my favorite authors. Many authors out there can write escapist literature, but Dan Willis puts in the extra work and creates interesting characters with real depth and relatable problems. The villains are believable, yet devious. The challenges set before our protagonist are daunting, and you can feel the tension as things seem insurmountable. But Alex Lockerby is a tenacious hero who keeps working the case even when thing seem hopeless.

    Alex is resourceful, stubborn and he has a collection of allies that seem to be there for him when he needs them the most. The plotlines are clever and the ways that Alex solves his cases and brings villains to justice are well written, intelligent and satisfying.


  2. Quincy Whittaker

    Timothy Knox

    Another winner
    I just finished my second Alex Lockerby novel, and stayed up way too late, because once again, I was hooked.

    Dan Willis certainly plays fair in these mysteries. We are given the same details and clues as Alex, and again, I was able to suss out key plot points a few pages before he did.

    Thanks for setting an honest challenge for your readers.

    Now I must away to bed, but tomorrow holds the promise of book three, The Long Chain.


  3. Quincy Whittaker

    N Zod

    Alex is Mike Hammer with a rune and he’s not afraid to use it.
    The story follows the tradition of interlocking mysteries in a thoroughly enjoyable way. It also looks like we may have a running mystery opponent to deal with. The world of Lockerby Investigation appears to be 1938 with functional magic alongside known science. They don’t interfere with each other nor does there appear to be an underlying intersection. But the society is familiar film noir territory with the noticeable exception that the police are not corrupt, just unbridled and political. Cue music- Harlem Nocturne, if you please, maestro.


  4. Quincy Whittaker

    R. Zeuner

    Great Story
    Absolutely love this series… the setting and characters are very well described and developed. I read the first one and the prequel and really liked the direction and characters Dan Willis has created. I love the challenges he puts Alex in and how he weaves a well balanced story that give the reader enough information to begin piecing the mystery together to predict the guilty parties as the story unravels. Enough information comes along that you feel a part of the solution process as Alex discovers the culprits behind the various crimes he solves. Well Done and well worth the price!


  5. Quincy Whittaker


    I want more! Write fast Dan Willis!
    I have been a Dresden Files addict. This series has many of the same characteristics of that series I love. This series turns the supernatural into the natural and drops it into the 1930’s. Tycoons are sorcerers, detectives are runewrights but cops are still cops. Noir style mysteries mixed with ancient magic, what’s not to love?

    The book reads fast and provides only enough detail for context rather than cumbersome weight.


  6. Quincy Whittaker

    Tim and Amy Gordon

    Fun whodunit in the vein of Dresden Files
    When I started this series (as part of a Larry Correa book bomb) my first thought was that it’s a Dresden Files knockoff. Then the more I thought about it, I realized that wasn’t a bad thing.

    The word and plot have enough of their own intricacies that it stays fresh and fun. Even if the character seems to be a bit close to the Jim Butcher model.

    Also, I like supporting indie authors. Some of that shows through with the extra typo here and there and a few sentences that probably should have been rewritten, but the book was much more polished than many that I’ve read. Worth the price of admission and an afternoon read.


  7. Quincy Whittaker

    James Stepanek

    An enjoyable read that doesn’t dragr
    I finished the latest book in the series, and found it to be very enjoyable. It’s a hard boiled detective novel set in a world of magic. Being familiar with the works of Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane, I can definitely get a sense of how the author is channeling the classing noir PIs. However he does it in a well constructed world where magic has diverged this from ours, where the rules are internally consistent.

    In this book the protagonist starts behind the eight ball, and has to get things back to a decent place to be. That’s a fairly common trope from the noir PI genre, and works well.

    I eagerly anticipate further books in the series.


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