By Charles de Lint
Place: Publisher & Year: Burton, MI: Subterranean Press, 2001
Genre: Mystery, hard boiled crime fiction
Number of pages: 190
Setting: Ottawa, Canada
Time period: mid 1980s
Plot summary: Private investigator, Jake Swann, has a big heart, especially when it comes to his friends. When Jake discovers that one of his friends has been terrorized by a gang of thugs, he vows to get revenge. It doesn’t matter that the thugs happen to be police officers.
Pacing: Short chapters with lots of dialogue and action make this a quick read.
Characterization: Told in third person mainly from Jake’s perspective. Important secondary characters include Sammy, Jimmy Crackle, and Bo.
Frame: The title and opening chapter set the frame. Lisdoonvarna represents an idyllic destination and goal for the main characters.
Story line: A hardboiled mystery complete with the damsel in distress, big hearted PI, great sidekicks, gangsters, and rotten cops.
Ottawa (Ont.) — Fiction
Similar authors: Charles de Lint primarily writes contemporary fantasy, but his love of hardboiled detective novels inspired him to write one. In the Introduction, he notes authors which he has enjoyed reading:
Personal notes: I enjoyed this story. It had a very black and white background with clear bad guys and good guys. And while it is definitely not a fantasy book, it does have a bit of a fairy tale ending.
Other: Diversity – Native American – Ojibwa, physically disabled woman, punk rockers, runaway