AuthorJonathan L Howard is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer games industry since the early 1990s, with titles such as the 'Broken Sword' series to his credit.After publishing two short stories featuring Johannes Cabal (Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day and Exeunt Demon King) in H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer was published in 2009 as his first novel.He lives with his wife and daughter near Bristol.ReviewI read the first book of Johannes Cabal earlier this year and had a hard time getting trough. I felt a bit scared picking up the second one and have been pushing it for a long time. Still I did not want to give in cause I really liked the sadistic humor in the book. Which means that in the last month of 2012 I decided to pick up the second book in the series to finish the series challenge and I am glad I did.The Detective brings you a new Johannes Cabal the necromancer story with the difference that Cabal now does have a consience. And this conciense makes for some hilarious moments. It does make it easier to connect to him and it helps a lot with developing some interesting story lines. The sardonic humor the author laid out in the first book is back in this book and it is very entertaining. The story itself is actually a very good mystery where you can puzzle along and find out who is who in the scheme of things.Though I am still not able to get all this dystopian new world look things alligned in my head I found this book easier to read and the world a little less disturbing. It might have helped that most of it played in a closed environment which I imagened as a huge cruise ship with a lot of carrots. I am actually looking forward now to start the third book but will take a break and read it later this month just to get my mind adjusted to a normal world again.