When last we left our holistic detective hero, he was on his way to Kenya to meet a peculiar tribe suffering from the same affliction as the subjects of his latest case—they are unable to speak or communicate in any way. Now, having safely arrived in Africa with Tamasha, his latest client and/or assistant, by his side, he seeks out Madluck Biggun, a conservationist trying valiantly to save the black rhino. What does Mr. Biggun have to do with the Tribe with No Words? Well, everything—if you believe in the fundamental connectedness of all things.
We meet several new characters in this issue. One of them is the aforementioned Madluck Biggun. Another is a rhinoceros named Sid who has a slightly more Douglas Adams-esque personality than most of the other characters. I wonder if Sid will turn out to be at all related to Desmond, the rhinoceros whom Dirk meets in Adams’ unfinished Salmon of Doubt novel. I rather hope so.
This is shaping up to be a rather interesting story. There are some twists this issue that, though I obviously won’t reveal them here, I’m curious to see how they play out going forward. This arc, in general, seems to be a bit stronger than the previous one (“The Funamental Interconnectedness of All Kings”), and, dare I say it, I’m even enjoying it. If you’re a fan of bizarre, somewhat twisty stories, you might want to check this one out.