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The great thing, though, is that not only is the noir genre nailed perfectly, but Abraham also knows how to write super big action scenes, which is necessary if you want to write superheroes well. Every action scene reads like a big movie setpiece with close calls and incredible escapes.
The wisecracks are great, the action exciting, the characters believable and the mystery complex and taut as it should be for a noir genre,
The last thing I want to give credit to is that, for a book that takes place in a world of superheroes, the actual superheroes themselves, with a few notable exceptions including the main mystery of the book, only appear in brief cameos. The concentration of the story is on the black capes as the title suggests.
The only complaint I really have is that I find the cover image for the book to be a real turn-off and discredit to the contents of the book. It's not even good for comic book art and I am afraid some people would pass over what is really an excellent, excellent book because of the amateurish cover.
Don't let the cover fool you. This is a professional level book with everything a noir fan and superhero fan could want. I keep scanning waiting for the next adventure of Dane Curse to appear.
This book just oozes with the noir and superhero style in a perfect combination. It’s familiar territory to readers of both, but presented in a unique way that elevates it to the top. On the noir side, the story embraces known elements like the hard-drinking detective, a dirty underbelly to the city, or people throwing around terms you’ll hear in old movies, like “doll,” and runs with them. On the other side, the variety of heroes and villains, or capes, on display makes this feel like a living, breathing city of super-powered people that has passed its golden age and moved to the modern one, left with older capes telling tales of glory and younger capes seeking to make names for themselves. Honestly, the book excels on both fronts.
If I had to make a comparison, the story plays out like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in a good way, but with superheroes. And the mystery is fun to solve. I had the killer and part of the motive figured out, but completely missed the method of killing. The characters are all likable, from Dane as a well-intentioned, but hardly squeaky clean anti-hero, to others like Lynx, the femme fatale with plenty of power, or the scheming Lynchpin, who controls the villain mafia.
I saw one other review mention that this would be a long read for younger people, but I raise my eyebrows at that. While most of the story plays out about on the level of a PG-13 movie, there are a few instances where it straddles the line between that and a R-rating. This is more a book for older superhero fans and it was smartly written. After this story, I felt like I got off a whirlwind roller coaster. I’m very interested to see what Mr. Abraham will write next, whether in Gold Coast or otherwise, as he’s shown to be an excellent writer with this debut novel.