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As I said, the story is entertaining. It seems to be a perfect replica of the Nero Wolfe Mysteries with the addition of the supernatural. Shameless, maybe, but I like the N. W. M., so I didn't mind. It just needs to be re-edited and formatted to be readable.
As for why I only give it three stars, I found the book an interesting and entertaining read. I enjoyed it, but I also recognize that it is not a great book. It's not a bad book either. I've read a lot of great literature, and this is not great literature. I'm also not a snob, so if the tale is fun, I don't care that the writer has not yet completely mastered their craft. This is a fun book to enjoy on a lazy weekend, but it's not likely to change anyone's life.
And so, the mysterious Lucius Fogg is on the case! Now, don't let the title fool you. The story, set in a spooky 50's noir where supernatural things can and frequently do happen, is more about Fogg's assistant, Jimmy Doyle, who narrates the book. Doyle is a working class stiff in the best tradition, a forthright blue-collar hero who tries to do the right thing even in the face of the weird things happening around his shut-in boss, Fogg, and their ties to everything magical or otherworldly going on in this story.
In a lot of ways, `Deadly Creatures' contains a lot of familiar sights and sounds, but they're the kinds of things that fans of old monster movies and old detective flicks never seem to tire of. Including me. There's private eyes, there's sultry dames, there's monsters, there's werewolves and there's plenty of other spooky residents of a weird little section of fictionalized New York called Old Town. This book is fast-paced, hitting the beats that keep it from ever getting boring or stale. I struggle to get fifty pages in to a lot of books, but I never felt it was a chore reading this book. It's escapism, pure and simple. And fun. The world that Dan Wickline has created here is fully formed; it's the kind of place you'd love to see a movie made of (Hollywood, get on this!). I happen to know that a second novel is in the works (you can follow @danwickline on Twitter for more info about his work) and I'm personally looking forward to going back to the world of Lucius Fogg.
I won't summarize the whole plot in this review, but I will say that if you like supernatural noir with plenty of monsters and things lurking in the shadows, then `Lucius Fogg: Deadly Creatures' is a fun, fast read.
The voice is straightforward and easy to believe even though he's talking about werewolves, vampires and demons. Jimmy Doyle is a pretty regular guy who served in the Army during World War II. He's totally athletic, being chased by werewolves and vampires through the 'bad' part of New York in the fifties. I've been trying to cast him for the movie, but I can't quite figure out who would play him. I see him as a rugged type. Not too pretty. Maybe like a young Bruce Willis, back from the days of Moonlighting. Or Daniel Craig, only American or Vin Diesel, but with hair.
Anyway, it's a romp through an alternative NYC in the fifties and Jimmy Doyle is a guy you could have a beer with or put your life in the hands of. This book is listed as the first in a series. I'm looking forward to more. And to the movie.