Feast your eyes on a still shot so sweet it makes the Gummy Venus de Milo seem like a sour ball dipped in milk left on a radiator for a week. It’s drawn by Kim Herbst, artist extraordinaire, and for the uninitiated, this is Lynx with her henchmen in Henchmen’s. The bad news is, now that you’ve seen it you can never see it again for the first time, but Kim’s got three more pictures from the novel, so… you know… there’s a silver lining.
Once again Jael, my favorite indie reviewer, has taken a spin with Dane Curse through Gold Coast City, and much to my delight she’s given The Coconut Swindle a five star rating! “How can one man earn so many stars for his writing?” you might ask yourself. Begging. Also, the bribes* don’t hurt.
*(jk, Jael is crazy honest and super ethical, but those traits don’t garner laughs.)
In this exciting prequel to the critically acclaimed Dane Curse, a pair of black capes are found dead on the floor of Wentorf Hall, mere inches away from the world’s largest diamond. Of course the cops think the pair killed each other over the heist. After all, everyone knows that the Vandenberg Coconut is a one size fits all motivation for murder. Everyone, that is, except for Dane Curse.
But when the former villain turned PI takes the case he’ll discover that the truth has more sides than a diamond has facets. And in order to get to it Dane will follow a trail that leads through an old enemy with a bagful of grudges, a killer who specializes in assassinating super villains, and a wealthy socialite with a murky motive. A thorny maze indeed, and sitting at its heart, mysteriously returned from years in hiding, is Dane’s very own daughter.
Will Dane Curse discover the thieves’ secret in time to solve the case, save his agency, and protect his only child from a vicious death? Or will he lose it all, just another victim of The Coconut Swindle?
What the critics are saying…
“Full of action, tension, and suspense, this novel seamlessly blends the classic noir PI trope with soft sci-fi superheroism. It’s a triumph.” – Pulp Detective
“Matt uses, abuses, subverts, and pays worshipful homage to the trope-defining elements of the hardboiled private eye with the comic book intensity of a superhero series.” – BarbTaub.com
“With grit, action, and fast-talking characters I found this book hard to put down.” – The Reader’s Hollow
“I was really looking forward to reading this novel at the end of last year and wasn’t disappointed… very well written.” – Katrina Marie’s Writing, Inspiration, and Muses
“I loved Dane Curse the first time around, but I have to say the second spin was even better.” – West’s Indie Authors
“Wonderfully written with fast paced action and fantastic humor.” – AReaderRecommends.com
“Considering how saturated the superhero market is these days it’s amazing to find a novel that actually brings a fresh angle to the genre, and Mr. Abraham does just that.” – Superhero Hustle
“Dane Curse is easily comparable to characters like The Punisher, or Ghost Rider, so if you’re into borderline heroic bad guys, then this book is for you.” – Time Zone Comics
“The author’s writing style makes it easy to immerse yourself in this amazing and exciting story. I loved the first book… this one is even better!” – Newfreekindlebooks.com
“If you enjoy action, twists that leave you guessing, and great dialogue, definitely get this book.” – Jael’s Reviews
“I don’t know how you keep getting my number, Matt, but the restraining order’s still in effect.” – Stan Lee, Marvel Comics
Matt Abraham, Pulp Detective’s Best Newcomer of 2015 and winner of the University of Nottingham’s NC 2016 short story competition, spits hot PI palaver mixing Mickey Spillane with the classic super heroes from the golden age. In his series Black Cape Case Files we follow Dane Curse, a former black cape turned PI, as he navigates the powered underbelly of Gold Coast City. While not writing, Matt’s engaged in juggling his newborn baby boy Kal, and supportive wife Jenny, all in the People’s Paradise of China. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you lose a black cape, and can’t go to the cops, then you come to me because that’s what I do. I’ve been in the game for years. I know all the curves and all the angles, and if it gets rough then so be it, I got plenty strength, I’m double tough, and I never quit. And if need be I’ll pull my artillery to get you some answers, because I don’t care about the mistakes you’ve made or how you chose to live your life, sometimes even the unjust deserve a little justice.
At least that’s how it was before a mysterious murder threatens to plunge Gold Coast City into a super powered war unless I find the killer in five days’ time. But getting to the truth won’t be so easy. I’ll have to face ruthless black capes with secrets to hide, a powerful government agency bent on national expansion, and even teams of white caped heroes whose intentions are less than pure.
No easy task for a small time PI, so I’ll need every bit of my strength and guts if I’m going to find the killer, save my city, and maybe even get some justice for the greatest hero the world has ever known.
What the critics are saying…