Michael Gallatin from Robert R. McCammon's The Wolf's Hour isn't one of the best-known werewolves of all time. He isn't even one of my favorites, since I've never read the book. But one of my roommates from back in the day sure had and it was his all-time favorite book. We agreed about enough other stuff - and the premise of a Nazi-fighting werewolf is intriguing enough - that I bought myself a copy.
I've never gotten around to reading it, but I will one of these days and the subject of werewolves never comes up without my thinking about this novel and how I need to check it out.
From the back cover:
He is Michael Gallatin, master spy, lover - and werewolf. Able to change shape with lightning speed, to kill silently or with savage, snarling fury, he proved his talents against Rommel in Africa. Now he faces his most delicate, dangerous mission: to unravel the secret Nazi plan known as Iron Fist. From a parachute jump into occupied France to the lush corruption of Berlin, from the arms of a beautiful spy to the cold embrace of a madman's death machine, Gallatin draws ever closer to the ghastly truth about Iron Fist. But with only hours to D-Day, he is trapped in the Nazi's web of destruction...McCammon also wrote a prequel, The Hunter from the Woods, which is actually a collection of novellas and short stories about Gallatin's life and adventures prior to The Wolf's Hour.
Robert R. McCammon breaks the mold of the werewolf novel with The Wolf's Hour, combining a remarkable tale of pulse-pounding excitement with a uniquely sympathetic, fascinating portrait of the werewolf as noble warrior - and conflicted being. Complex, compelling and utterly real, Michael Gallatin deserves a place of honor in the pantheon of great fictional heroes.