Pinkerton by Name, Armadillo by Nature

Eric Searlman was hesitant at first to read or even review my admittedly very silly book. But it looks like Dill won him over in the end. Ha, sucker.

Superhero Novels

CityOfSmokeLike whiskey, we like our hardboiled fiction neat. And the same goes for our superhero fiction too. We prefer the real thing to parody, caricature, or homage. Straight no chaser, as they say.

And that’s why we were initially wary of reading The City of Smoke and Mirrors. Despite the author’s affection for detectives and superheroes, we generally avoid arched and self-conscious genre romps like this.

No matter how well written it may be, a novel featuring a wiseass mutant armadillo detective and a parade of exotic superheroes and supervillains is susceptible to burlesque. For us, parody and caricature work best in small and clever doses.

Thankfully, The City of Smoke and Mirrors is much better than we thought it would be. Despite the absurd premise and the oftentimes overwrought language, the plot is tight, the characters are likable goofballs, and the author’s overriding sense of humor helps smooth…

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About Nick C. Piers

Writer and creator of the Armadillo Mysteries, I've had a passion for the creative arts all his life. I'm an avid comic book fan, a DDP yoga practitioner , and urban cyclist.
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