Literature / Mick Oberon
This is a series of Urban Fantasy Private Detective
novels by Ari Marmell, starting with Hot Lead, Cold Iron
and followed by Hallow Point
and Dead to Rites
published in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
On the surface, Mick Oberon is just another PI
making his way on the mean streets of 1930s Chicago, but he packs a wand instead of a gun, and slugs back milk in place of whiskey. Mike is an Aes Sidhe
, one of the lords of the Faerie Courts, who abandoned his homeland for the realms of men.
In need of some cash fast, he breaks his policy of never working for The Outfit
and takes a job looking for a Capo's missing daughter. The catch? She's been missing 16 years, and a changeling left in her place. Oberon has to deal with criminals human and Unseelie, corrupt officials, and old country witchcraft to ferret out the truth.
This series contains examples of:
- Changeling Tale: The plot of the first book hinges on finding out who made the switch and why.
- Creative Sterility: The Fae have this problem. They imitate everything humans do, to the point of having locomotives that look like steam engines but are powered by indentured goblins on pedals, and organizing themselves into gangs and police departments to divide the Seelie and Unseelie courts.
- Friend on the Force: Pete, the werewolf cop. Mick lets him into Elphame during the full moon so he won't hurt anyone.
- Hardboiled Detective: Mick Oberon embodies this trope, except that the bottle in his desk is milk, and he carries a wand in his holster instead of a gun.
- The Mafia: As in the Real Life 1930s, it has a major presence in Mick's Chicago. Comes in human and fae varieties.
- Our Demons Are Different: Ramona Webb turns out to be a succubus in Dead to Rites — though Mick points out that demons of any kind are just another variety of fae, albeit a frightening variety.
- Our Elves Are Better: And Mick never, ever lets you forget it, either. He can hardly go a page without a pointed remark about what pathetic saps humans are.
- Our Fairies Are Different: We see all manner of faeries from European mythology, and Mick explains that the same varieties are found everywhere, and different myths are human interpretations.
- Private Eye Monologue: Mick does this almost constantly, with occasional digressions to complain about how he has pretend he has a grudge with grammar to fit in in the human world these days.