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Deadly Creatures: A Lucius Fogg Novel (Volume 1) Paperback – May 20, 2013
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About the Author
Dan Wickline is a published writer and photographer. Born in Norwalk, California, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Debbie and three cats: Tiger, Panther, and Crash and dog Artemis. Dan has written for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Humanoids Publishing, Zenescope Entertainment, Avatar Press, Cellar Door Publishing and Moonstone Books. Recently Dan has written the re-launch of ShadowHawk for Image Comics and the on-going Sinbad series for Zenescope. Dan has also written a children’s story entitled The Royal Crown Mystery Detective League that is available for electronic readers. The creation of Lucius Fogg came about over a six-year period. A short story called Three Little Ladies All in the Morgue was written in two thousand five and introduced the characters of Lucius and Jimmy Doyle. In two thousand ten, while looking for a new project to play with, Dan decided to tell more stories with his occultist and detective and began about writing what would be the bulk of this novel live on Twitter. With no pre-planning, Dan would write a chapter a day live using Twitter and its 140 character per post limit. By combining the short story and the Twitter story, Dan came up with Deadly Creatures. If you would like more information about Dan Wickline, his work, or wish to contact him, please visit www.danwickline.com.
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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.
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.
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.
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.