a shadowy killer with strange powers

When New York is blanketed in an unnatural fog, Private Detective Alex Lockerby finds himself on the trail of a missing scientist, a stolen military secret, and a merciless killer leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.

In a city the size of New York, things go missing all the time. When a Nobel-Prize winning Chemist vanishes without a trace, his granddaughter taps Alex to find him. Locating people is easy for someone with the best finding rune in the city, but when Alex tracks down the missing man, he has no memory of who he is or what happened to him, and his research is missing.

Convinced that something larger is going on, Alex sets out to uncover the truth. Before he can learn anything concrete, however, the city is shrouded in a dense fog and that brings New York’s resident sorceress, Sorsha Kincaid, to his door. She needs Alex’s finding rune in order to trace the source of the unnatural fog, and she has no patience for his other cases.

Now Alex must keep the volatile and powerful sorceress happy as he tries to unravel a tangled web of science, murder, and missing memories before the clues vanish into the ever-present fog.


The Third book in the Arcane Casebook Series



7 reviews for The Long Chain (Signed Copy)

  1. Quincy Whittaker

    Dennis Mark Burgess

    It’s Sam Spade meets Harry Potter
    Breaking things down into little chewable pieces is what Alex Lockerby does best and hed best do ir quick as his life is draining away! Sorcha cant help and Iggy is falling behind, so its up to the mist evil man of all time to bring Alex to his senses and back to life! But for whose purpose, now? A great read!

    Dennis Mark Burgess author of the 60-Second War Series


  2. Quincy Whittaker

    Timothy Knox

    Just when I thought the series couldn’t get better
    Wow! The author just keeps turning up the heat with every new installment.

    I did not see several of the plot twists coming, which always makes a book like this more fun to read. And the ending? Wowza!

    If you haven’t tried the Arcane Casebook series yet, stop what you are doing, and go buy the first book. You can thank me later!

    Also, Mr. Willis, nicely done with Jessica.

    I’ve already preordered the next book, and am waiting with bated breath, since I know it will be a few more days before I’ve finished all the books so far. Curses! 🙂


  3. Quincy Whittaker

    Barbara R. Taylor

    A Tangle of Threads Tied Together
    “I’m a sucker for Robert Louis Stevenson.”
    That has to be the scariest sentence in the entire book, once you understand what it means. It made me nervous the moment I read it, knowing what *other* book Stevenson was famous for. Was she warning Alex? I have to wonder if the version in that universe features an alchemist as its protagonist.

    I suppose by now I should expect two separate cases to merge into one, and a last-minute piece of information should tell Alex everything he needs to know.
    I was wondering how you were going to get Alex out of the inevitable end he was facing at the end of the book. Did you plan that bit of Deus ex Magica all along? I think I know the identity of the gentleman in the last chapter but won’t say here as I suspect he shows up again.


  4. Quincy Whittaker


    Read it before it’s on Netflix!
    My review of the first book said, “Harry Dresden meets Nathan Heller”. I’ve just finished book #5 and I’m hooked. The stories started small and are building to something epic. Start this series now! You have a chance to be a part of something that will be as big as Dresden, WoT, and GoT. Someone in Hollywood needs to get a clue and turn this into a movie or series.


  5. Quincy Whittaker

    Alan J. Anderson

    Lockerby is back at it!
    Another thrilling and fascinating novel in the adventures of Alex Lockerby, the Runewright Detective. The plotting is intricate without being confusing. The worldbuilding and characters continue to deepen and grow with each book, and the stakes keep rising. Dan Willis is a superb storyteller and entertainer. I look forward to reading more about this world. He can’t write them fast enough!


  6. Quincy Whittaker


    Great detective story
    #3 in the series. (Attempted without spoilers) We see Alex grow and become more the hero he’s been hinted at becoming in earlier books. The author wraps up some relationships from prior novels, and deepens existing ones, and with a hint of the future, foreshadows big things coming up for our Runewright detective. It kind of stands alone, as there is sufficient information in this book that reading the previous stories is not required for enjoyment and understanding, but I would recommend doing so nonetheless, as it adds richness to the story the Dan Willis is telling. Highly recommended.


  7. Quincy Whittaker

    Ken Walters

    The Long Chain Delivers
    I was extremely excited to read The Long Chain after reading the first two Arcane Casebook volumes. Alex Lockerby is a self deprecating detective reminiscent of Harry Dresden, but there is no danger of confusing the two. I particularly enjoyed The Long Chain, one because it answers several questions raised in the first two books and two because it has a great twist at the end I didn’t see coming. I don’t want to write too much here, but you really need to read the Arcane Casebooks!


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