Detecting Magic with Dick Hunter
by A Jarrell Hayes
Plot Summary:What begins as a routine missing person case for Seattle's best private investigator, Dick Hunter, turns into a personal vendetta against a cruel murderer. The murderer, Mort Des Hommes happens to posses powerful magic.
In order to solve the case and avenge a death, Dick Hunter has to take a crash course in magic from the beautiful Jinn Amie, and gather magical animal familiars in order to battle and defeat Mort Des Hommes.
Review:This novella has a very noir detective feel. Dick Hunter has a casual, aloof and sarcastic manner even though he is very much determined to understand the horrific death of his client’s husband. Enter the Jinn and her magical familiars. The story takes a fantastical turn as the author reveals a new magical history to our world. I felt that the story moved at a rapid pace, and had alot of action, but I did not really connect with the characters, especially with Dick Hunter. He felt too one-note, and the developing romance was based on superficiality. Although the story is a quick and entertaining read and has very interesting ideas, I was not moved by the characters or the events and I think the story could benefit by digging a little deeper into the characters minds and the high risk stakes. I would especially be interested in reading more about the Jinn and their lives on earth.
review copy kindly provided by the author