Short Story Review: “Mortal Bait” by Richard Bowes

3 of 5 stars.

New York City plays a strong second character in this 1940s detective noir with a psychological, supernatural bent. Fae and elves both exist on the periphery of humanity within elusive alternate dimensions. They’re at war with each other, and neither tolerates much from humanity. But they’re more than willing to turn humans into unwitting pawns in their long-running hostilities.

Detective Sam Grant takes the cases that look to involve other dimensions. Amid his own WWI flashbacks, he tries to discern what’s real, supernatural, and merely a figment. Unfortunately, both fae and elves have the ability to read minds and scramble memories. Supernatural interference resembles both PTSD and schizophrenia . . .

This tale appears in Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran. I’ve previously reviewed Bowes’ excellent “Sleep Walking Now and Then”.

 
 
 
[Check out my other reviews here.]

Advertisements

One response to “Short Story Review: “Mortal Bait” by Richard Bowes

  1. Pingback: Anthology Review: Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran | Jaffalogue

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s