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G is for Eric Garcia
I’ve to admit I’d never heard of Eric Garcia before today but I was browsing the mystery section at my local public library when his book “Anonymous Rex” caught my eye. The blurb from EW at the back of the book begins with the following…
“A detective thriller featuring a velociraptor PI and a secret society of dinosaurs disguised as humans?”
I was intrigued enough to check it out though I had my doubts especially when one of the phrases used to describe the book is “Awesomely Funny.” I like my mysteries classic British style. I occasionally wander into detective noir territory but detective noir + dinosaurs? Well, 10 hours later I can say that Mr. Garcia has pulled off quite a book. It doesn’t keep you thinking about who the killer is or how that particular clue fits into the picture, but it does keep you reading and, occasionally wonder whether you ever thought you would read a fight sequence between two dinosaurs disguised as humans. Add some wit and humor to the fast paced, noir-style writing, (including gems like “Ankylosaurs are the used car salesmen of the dinosaur world”) and you end up with an eminently readable book.
Eric Garcia is also the author of Matchstick Men made into a movie by Ridley Scott and the screenwriter (with Garrett Lerner) of the 2010 film Repo Men. Learn more about Eric Garcia on his Wikipedia page.