This wild adventure is packed with talking animals, hilarious antics, and a thrilling mystery. After the great flood, Noah opened the ramp of his ark, and the animals stepped out first, solidifying their dominant role in this alternate history. Fast forward through the evolutionary process to 1952, when the city Noah’s Kingdom is home to millions of anthropomorphic animals. Grumpy detective Frank Penguin and his clean-cut partner, Chico Monkey, are assigned to track down a missing detective and three beavers, a mission that brings them snout-to-snout with the city’s most corrupt gangsters. Danger lurks around every corner as they race to solve the case before innocent lives are lost.
Bird’s playful noir weaves whimsy and hilarity into the backdrop of an exhilarating whodunit. Witty puns and amusing wordplay sprinkle the pages: there are references to the literary classic Jane Bear and the popular movie A Street Cat Named Desire. Bird brings anthropomorphic characters to life through creative, authentic characterizations. For example, the beaver doesn’t drink coffee from a human-size mug; instead, Bird’s imagination conjures up a more appropriate vessel, the dainty thimble. This attention to detail shines throughout, including Chico’s aftershave (Eau De La Nana by Franco Chimpo) and Frank’s 1950s detective attire, complete with mac jacket.
Plot isn’t neglected in this fast-paced, delightful escape from reality. The tension is high throughout, with many misdirections (which is not to say red herrings) and surprising twists leading to a dramatic happy ending. The noir atmosphere drips from the pages and creates a dynamic setting reminiscent of Dick Tracy comics, if Tracy happened to be a monkey in a city of animals. Any mystery fan looking for a hearty laugh will adore this anthropomorphic frolic.
Takeaway: This hilarious noir-inspired comedy wins readers’ hearts with anthropomorphic animals and a clever mystery full of genuine twists.
Great for fans of Thomas Perry’s Metzger’s Dog, Douglas Adams, Joyce Porter, Donald Westlake.
Production grades Cover: A+ Design and typography: A Illustrations: - Editing: A Marketing copy: A
Very entertaining! Lots of chuckles along the way! Will there be a sequel? I hope so. Highly recommend!!! - Goodreads
An engaging, funny, and dark detective noir about a subversive beast fable. The intriguing world-building has a sense of familiarity that can be easily visualized in readers' minds. There's a good balance between a riveting plot and funny moments where the seedy inner workings of our society become aphotic parodies. J.T. Bird creates a number of interesting anthropomorphized characters from a no-nonsense vulture who's a Police Chief to a tough female wolf detective named Yuriko, who's one of my favorites. Despite their differences, the grumpy Frank Penguin and the optimistic Chico Monkey work well together. Each character, main and secondary, complements each other well and efficiently delivers the well-developed storyline that has more surprises than I expected. A blend of a good narrative and thought-provoking elements, this is an entertaining read. - Readers' Favorite
A quick and entertaining read that I enjoyed and would recommend for anyone looking for a good detective mystery. - LoveReading.Com
I expected that I would enjoy this book but I had no idea I would like it this much! I was captivated by the world that was created. All of the characters were so original and well crafted that I couldn't wait to meet more of them. Each one had a purpose and fit so well into the story that an enchanting world was created through the characters. Although the characters are all talking animals, this novel could be aimed at any age range and could truly be enjoyed by all. -Aliceandherbookshelf
This book would appeal to those who are interested in furry literature. Bird does a good job at giving different animals different roles in the society he writes about, so it's an interesting look into the furry world. - Furry Book Review
I applaud the author for self publishing a well thought out story.The plot has a feeling of being a grown up version of a well liked Disney movie, with the characters being many types of animals, and having a crime to solve. Overall, I like this book a lot, and I truly hope the author continues in his journey to expand his body of work. I will definitely read more of what he writes! - Goodreads