Damn you, Fitzstephen! You’ve done it again!
It may not be a detective novel, or even a mystery, really, but it’s a heady brew all the same; a ballsy, carefully assembled and psychologically sharp read that tears into the guts of what it’s like to be young, scared and not sure where you’re going. Or where exactly you’ve been.
If you’re a Hammett fan, you’re going to love this.
— The Thrilling Detective website
“In this brilliant imagining by Gordon McAlpine… Prepare to have your mind blown!” — Leslie S. Klinger, editor of the Edgar Award-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
“… McAlpine has skillfully melded the mood of rage at Japanese treachery and bits of Hammett-era noir with the sensibilities of metafiction and postmodernism into a truly original crime novel.” — Booklist
“[An] imaginative mashup of meta-mystery with meta-biography…. Fans of Hammett and noir ought to enjoy requisite shocks of recognition.”
“A quirky and quixotic tale… Unusual and entertaining.”
— Library Journal
“McAlpine is a gifted stylist, with clean clear and muscular prose.”
— Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“Entertaining and original. . . . Endlessly fun and ultimately very satisfying on every level.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review of The Tell-Tale Start audio-book, chosen Audible.com’s 2013 Best Book of the Year for Children.
“The clever twins, together with some new characters, must foil villainous plans and help uncover a long lost pirate treasure…intrigue as well as amusement as the clues unfold. Pen-and-ink drawings add to the quirky fun.” — School Library Journal. A Bank Street School Book of the Year for Children.
“Telepathically conjoined twins…fall into the clutches of their mad-scientist nemesis one last time in this truly explosive series finale….A fitting conclusion to a series as suspenseful as it is less-than-earnest, in which mad science, quantum entanglement, encounters with ghosts, and sly twists on literary figures and memes all figure.” — Kirkus Reviews
“…gently moving… Philosophies of art and popular culture infuse the little tragedies of everyday life.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Like Hamlet, with which the novel plays ingeniously, it is both contemplative and violent as it examines the haunting puzzles and intricacies of personality, relationship and role playing in life and in art. ”
— Barbara Hardy