It’s no secret that I find *Justin Robinson’s irreverent humor hilarious, so I jumped at the opportunity to review his latest novel, Fifty Feet of Trouble, the second novel in his City of Devils series. PI Nick Moss is back with another monster-filled case, and his friends and foes from the original story show up in droves. If you love old monster movies and '50s-era Hollywood, the references and various spooky creatures dancing across the pages will bring a smile to your face. More modern monster fans aren’t left behind; critters like gremlins and pumpkin heads also grace the story with Robinson’s unique blend of whimsy, humor, and scares.
Fifty Feet of Trouble’s plot is a basic detective story with Nick Moss struggling to track down various missing (or secretive) individuals; however, in classic Justin Robinson fashion, the story meanders until finally tying together magnificently in the final chapters. In my opinion, while the City of Devils books read like classic mystery/detective novels, the real focus is the wacky world building and crazy cast of characters. If you can get behind a human PI who could masquerade as a wolfman, a siren secretary, a witch with a missing toad, a giantess who thinks she might have a vampire admirer, and many more, you’ll fall in love with the hard-boiled detective story in an LA turned on its head.
I’m not going to describe the plot in detail because at least half of the fun of a Justin Robinson story is watching what absurd places it takes you. Is it fun? Yes. Is it sometimes ridiculous? Of course. Did I laugh reading it? Absolutely. And a sequence that showed the beautiful bond between a mother and child brought some tears to my eyes. If my review intrigued you at all, check out Fifty Feet of Trouble! It’s an incredible whirlwind ride that adds a fresh take to the classic PI adventure.
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