Short Story Review: “Swing Shift” by Dana Cameron

2 of 5 stars.

The subgenre of supernatural detective noir gets a 1940s gangland Boston addition with this tale [and series]. Former detective partners Harry and Jake went their separate ways when Harry joined the FBI’s war effort. Jake retreated into the New England countryside. But a case of war effort secrets being passed from a high security lab to the Nazis has Harry call Jake in for his insights.

Jake has somehow kept his werewolf identity from his former partner. He also brings in his family comprised curiously of both werewolves and vampires. Their looks and abilities doesn’t pull from standard mythos, nor does it explain how genetic werewolf and vampire can be sisters.

The stakes of the case, and the reveal are all lacking in this detective tale. The tale’s really Harry’s awakening into a new worldview which he accepts all too easily and without curiosity.

This tale appears in Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran.

 
 
 
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