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Malicious Intent: A Lucius Fogg Novel (Volume 2) Paperback – November 4, 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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Like the first the first one, this novel is built out of a previously published story but this one feels less piecemeal. Wickline has that rare ability to flit between comedy and drama at the drop of a hat. With each Fogg story, that line gets thinner and thinner. It's wonderful.
Now, how about that Tiny and Patches spinoff?
In Malcious Intent, Jimmy brings his girlfriend Emma Martin to spend Halloween weekend at Fogg's brownstone while her apartment is being painted. From the very opening of the book, as Jimmy and Emma try to get the front door open, Wickline uses humorous interaction to show us how comfortable the characters are with each other.
In the first book the female characters didn't seem real. It was one of the main problems with the book. They were comic book women - gorgeous but flat. But in this book, Emma Martin is smart, can load a gun, and acts like a real person. Somehow between the first book and this one, Wickline started feeling at home with his characters and it really shows. Jimmy's interactions with Fogg, Seabass, Ryan and Ernie are all great as well.
It's not all fun and games, though. There's lots of tension and some tragedy. Also a couple of surprises at the end.
I say all of this having liked Jimmy in the first book, but this book is head and shoulders above the first one. If you can only read one, read this one. It hooked me.