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Copyright:  Jan 1 1999

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Miriam Weinstein and James Duvalier are cops with a difference. As psychic investigators for the San Diego Police Department's Paranormal Psychology Unit, they are acutely familiar with the underworld of the occult. But nothing can prepare them for the unimaginable forces about to confront them. Satan's time is at hand, and Miriam Weinstein bears the pentangle mark of his chosen bride.

The clash of the forces of light and darkness, as foretold in the bible, is a common theme of modern contemporary fiction, but rarely has it been tackled with such style and power as in Jim Musgrave's blood-curdling novel Lucifer's Wedding. Set in the San Diego area, the story is drawn around two psychic detectives, Miriam Weinstein and James Duvalier, who are responsible for applying their skills to solving inexplicable and unsolvable murders. Both protagonists are deep and complex characters, thoughtfully crafted by Musgrave, and they are supported by an excellent cast of secondary characters, including young rabbi David Friedman and the psychic Dr. Dan Sharpe, a professor at UCLA. Musgrave draws heavily on the satanic influences within certain aspects of heavy metal music, and on the proliferation of satanic cults in modern America. These easily recognizable elements provide a strong backbone for what is actually a thoroughly researched and highly intelligent exploration of the occult. In Duvalier, we have a hero who is of Haitian origin and is well acquainted with Black Magic; an obvious and accessible allusion to the infamous practices of former Haitian dictator 'Papa Doc' Duvalier during the 1970's and 80's. In fact, there is hardly an act of evil over the past century to which Musgrave does not allude in his narrative. The surprising thing is that he blends these elements so smoothly and elequently into the tale. Lucifer's Wedding resists following a conventional storyline. It twists and turns throughout, keeping the reader guessing and wondering until the very last page. Tense, extremely dark and graphically explicit in places, this is not a novel recommended for the faint of heart. But if your stomach can take it, this thunderous roller-coaster of a novel makes for a gripping and unforgettable read.

"In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes."

Judges, 21:25

Lucifer is ready to take a bride. Is policewoman Miriam Weinstein prepared to say, "'Til death do us part"?

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Inscriptions Magazine
The opening is full of excitement and suspense. Information leaves the reader eager to read more. Originality and description held my interest and held the novel together. Jim Musgrave describes scenes as if he had seen the events unfold in real life.

C. Hope Clark,
Miriam Weinstein held a gift, or a curse, depending on how one looked at it. Psychics were a lonely lot. Getting close to one was a difficult endeavor indeed. But Miriam had found a niche. Through chance circumstances she had become a detective on the San Diego Police Department's unique and unprecedented Paranormal Psychology Unit along with her cohort in pyschic abilities James Duvalier. They were in charge of the so-called "unsolvable murders" where strange events lead investigators into worlds of the mysterious and the occult.

But they now faced a force that determined the fate of the human world. Satan and his dominion, through heavy metal music and forces unimaginable, were in motion. The Black Wedding, the union of Lucifer and his preordained bride, was at hand, and Miriam Winestein exhibited the pentangle mark of the chosen bride. The dreams were becoming intense, and the black powers were crossing into these dreams leaving signs that revealed themselves in the real waking world in terms of physical abuse and death. Miriam and her gifted friends would be tested, were already being tested, and the lines between the light and the dark were fast becoming blurred and entwined.

The players in Miriam's world are an extreme lot with diverse and unseen motives. Dr. Dan Sharpe was her professor and fellow psychic at UCLA. He always had somewhat of a personal interest in her, and now that Miriam called upon his intellect and powers to assist her in this mission, the reader questions Sharpe's intentions.

David Friedman is a young rabbi -- the New Age Rabbi as his followers had nicknamed him. Without psychic powers, he held an intellect and historical knowledge that his congregations perceived as powers, and in his own charletan way, he fulfilled their hunger to follow a gifted religious man. But David has his own history as well as his own self-perceived destiny.

And James Duvalier, Duv for short, appears the best of friends and a perfectly matched comrade for Miriam. His powers parallel hers making them click as a detective team. But his past involved gangs, voodoo, and a Haitian grandmother that taught him the ways of mojo.

James Musgrave weaves a tale of darkness, Satanism, and evil wrapped in heavy metal rock and cult activities. The players, including Miriam herself, all have doubts and weaknesses that Musgrave encircles, entangles and embraces in their character compositions. The story begins to unfold early and evolves into a roller coaster of doubts and the unexpected for the reader.

This story gives horror and fantasy readers their money's worth in this intense metamorphosis of a simple tale of good and evil. Check out, and check this one out.
Policewoman Miriam Weinstein is a member of a special department, the Paranormal Psychology Unit. Together with her partner, James Duvalier, and their psychic powers she leads the unit in solving the cases of San Diego that cannot be explained by conventional means. But Miriam has been marked for something more. Lucifer has decided the time has come for him to wed and she is the chosen one. Soon Miriam begins to have horrible dreams-psychic dreams of brutal satanic murders occurring around the city. Through her investigation of the murders and strange happenings she suddenly finds herself in a realm of unexpectedness. Can Miriam and her partner find a way to overcome Lucifer's mind control and overwhelming power before the "New Order" replaces life as we know it with the evil of Hell? James Musgrave has created a gripping and gory tale of evil and the supernatural in Lucifer's Wedding. A tough read at times yet one that will keep you in suspense to the very end.

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Reader Reviews for "Lucifer's Wedding"

Reviewed by James Musgrave 11/10/2001
“Unless we learn about the true power of darkness, none of us shall be spared.”
-James Musgrave, Lucifer’s Wedding
Evil is not cured, only held at bay. The devil has found his bride in Miriam Weinstein, a detective with psychic powers working in the paranormal psychology department of the San Diego Police Department. Miriam becomes an unwitting accomplice in her own demise as she is pursued by the forces of evil. Miriam is the chosen bride of the devil himself! She is quickly drawn into a dark world of evil from which escape is only an illusion. Miriam’s only salvation (and the world’s too) comes with the aid of a rabbi.
Jim Musgrave’s novel Lucifer’s Wedding is a scary and at times disturbing portrait of the darker sides of all of us. Filled with the sights and characters of an author well acquainted with the city of San Diego, the reader traverses through a maze of evil surrounding Miriam as she attempts (with help from a few friends) to save herself.
Mr. Musgrave has written a frightening, complex and disturbing book of the darker sides of life, the occult and the unknown recesses of our minds. Miriam becomes involved in the play of good and evil, experiencing first hand the powers of evil. This fast paced novel is packed with multiple characters moving in and out, making it challenging to keep up with. But anyone who wants a look into how evil is cunning, and waits for its chosen moments, taking advantage of the weak and disheartened, only to once again be held at bay by forces willing to do what they must, relying on their faith to survive, will enjoy this tale.

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