Scriptwriter and NPR commentator who occasionally writes novels. As yet, this page only has tropes for three of his works--add more if you know more.
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'''Those Who Walk in Darkness''' and its sequel '''What Fire Cannot Burn'''. Described as {{Superhero}} {{Deconstruction}}s in the manner of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', they follow Soledad "Bullet" O'Rourke, a cop who specializes in [[CapeBusters hunting down]] {{mutants}} [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual and "freaks"]].

* AscendedExtra: Eddi Aoki, a colleague of Soledad's, originally notable for her TragicKeepsake of a ''[[KnifeNut hunting knife]]'' she plans to use to cut out a mutant's heart. In the sequel she takes on more of a prominent role, and eventually [[spoiler:[[TakeUpMySword becomes the main character after Soledad's death]]]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: ''Most'' of the "freak" targets are more willing to get their hands dirty than the average superhero, although typically with reason or after being attacked. The protagonist is an unabashedly [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Racist]] who kills an unarmed woman for having the power to stop other people from being hurt. This may go as far as VillainProtagonist.
* BrokenPedestal: As a child, Soledad idolized the superheroine Nubian Princess (best described as a black {{Expy}} of WonderWoman.)
** [[spoiler: Soledad to Eddi in the second half of ''What Fire Cannot Burn'' after the latter reads her hate-filled and self-righteous journals]].
* CapeBusters: The [=MTacs=].
* ComplexityAddiction: The [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual metanormals]] really, really would be more effective if they weren't obsessed with style, irony, or practically being comic book characters. Justified with the metanormals with more revenge-driven motives, but when a shapeshifter trying to run turns into a big, lumbering brick wall, he [[TooDumbToLive almost deserves]] the inevitable rain of shotgun shells.
* ContemptibleCover: the paperback editions.
* CoversAlwaysLie: a mild case, but one that appears on seemingly every edition of both books. Soledad repeatedly describes herself as a BAMF (BadAss Mother-Fucker), and the covers show her as having those letters tattooed on her shoulder. In the story, her tattoo instead reads "[[StupidSacrifice We don't need another hero]]."
* DeadlyEuphemism: When [=MTac=] "serves a warrant", there's a good deal more bullets, poisons, and sedatives and much fewer actual arrests involved than you'd expect.
* FantasticRacism: It's not immediately apparent, but the author's rooting for the mutants. So far, only one has been evil, and another even begged for his life.
* GadgeteerGenius: Soledad customized an [[RareGuns O'Dwyer V[=L=]e]] to fire AbnormalAmmo she designs herself. Most shots target the AchillesHeel of a specific enemy type, though [[MadeOfExplodium Semtex bullets]] can be used against anything.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: where to begin?
* HoldingOutForAHero: {{Lampshaded}} and {{Subverted}} in the background. Soledad, at least, seems to think that normal humans were just sitting around whenever a villain popped up, waiting for a hero to save them, but we're also told that the mayor of San Fransisco dropped everything to try and help.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The first book's BigBad became a villain specifically because Soledad [[spoiler:[[ItsPersonal killed his wife]].]]
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Almost everyone in [=MTac=] to some degree. A significant portion barely earn the Noble part, and some of the normal cops make it to BadCopIncompetentCop.
* NotQuiteDead: over and over, along with FakingTheDead. At least it subverts InstantDeathBullets ...
* OnePersonOnePower: for the most part--see IBelieveICanFly. Also, the super-hunting serial killer in the second book seemingly had multiple powers (he turned out to just have [[spoiler:a suit of PoweredArmor]].)
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Regardless of how you interpret the first book, there is one. Either [[VillainProtagonist Soledad's]] unfettered FantasticRacism, or Vaughn's abusive mind control and vicious dislike of the mentally disabled Aubrey.
** Or both.
* RedShirtArmy: The [=MTac=] teams are stated to have a survival rate of 30% to 70% for certain types of encounters, depending on who they are and what they're facing down.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Reese]].
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Yarborough]].
* StockSuperpowers
** DishingOutDirt: Strictly speaking, this is the ability to communicate with the planet and talk it into shifting itself. Users of this ability are AlwaysLawfulGood, and tend to [[ActualPacifist hate fighting]]. [[KickTheDog Not that this stops MTac from killing them]] ...
** ExtraOreDinary: Almost a straight copy of {{Magneto}}, but can create {{Golem}}-like allies.
** EyeBeams: invisible eye beams, no less.
** HealingFactor
** IBelieveICanFly: Although it's stated that each mutant has only one power, flight seems to be an exception. Generally it's NotQuiteFlight, but there's been one WingedHumanoid (who also used WindsOfDestinyChange.)
** IntangibleMan: on-and-off, fully voluntary, and can affect both objects and other people. Incidentally, that last part is ChekhovsGun.
** NighInvulnerability: Well, it's an invulnerable exterior. These mutants can be killed either by poisoning them, or by overloading their pain nerves.
** PlayingWithFire: Some varieties can start fires, others can simply control them.
** ShockAndAwe: of the blast-from-the-hands variety. Can be stressed into a SuperpowerMeltdown.
** {{Sizeshifting}}: actually two abilities; shrinking and growing. The latter is self-explanatory. The former is only used once (to pass through an enemy's skin, then explode outwards.)
** SuperSpeed
** SuperStrength: though those who have it don't look it--they tend to be extremely "reedy" since they never get decent exercise. Prone to AceLightningSyndrome.
** {{Telepathy}}: this is what you get if you win the SuperpowerLottery, since you can also use PeoplePuppets. Virtually impossible to beat in a fair fight.
** UnstoppableRage: A power of its own, and quite effective.
** VoluntaryShapeshifting: virtually unlimited changes to shape and appearance, sometimes including a ShapeShifterWeapon, but no mass-changing abilities. Goes into a ShapeShifterSwanSong when electrocuted, but dying by any other means makes them look human again.
* SuperRegistrationAct: they're way beyond that now, at least in America. Any time a mutant is identified, they're ordered to surrender. Compliance results in "a life of sedation in a cell" if you're lucky, [[TheydCutYouUp medical experimentation]] if you're not. Failure to comply is punishable by immediate death.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Not the [[CombatPragmatist main character]], obviously, [[NoNonsenseNemesis who will just shoot her opponents]]. The remaining powered heroes stick to this rule and will try to stop or rat out anyone that violates it, though.
* TokenMinority: Most superheroes are white males, with a few exceptions like Nubian Princess. Lampshaded, since Soledad is black.
** Soledad frequently remarks in her monologue that people underestimate and patronize because she is a black female. There are some times she's correct and a few times where it feels like she's trying to convince herself that the world is out to get her.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Several Christian references that have yet to be explained.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: Lampshaded, and half the reason normal people are fighting back.

Works with their own pages: '''Film/UndercoverBrother''' (scriptwriter), '''Film/ThreeKings''' (scriptwriter), '''Series/{{Martin}}''' (one of the scriptwriters), and '''Series/ThirdWatch''' (producer.)