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Literature / A Stitch In Crime

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Jane Stitch, a meat golem goes home to solve the mystery of her existence. She finds herself in the middle of a war between rival rantchers. It carries the Monster Mash Fantastic Noir tropes of the series, with a generous dollop of western elements.

The fourth in the City of Devils series, following City of Devils, Fifty Feet of Trouble, and Wolfman Confidential.

A Stitch in Crime provides examples of:

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Giant ants are treated like the cattle of this world.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans are the downtrodden minority. Monsters call us "meatsticks."
  • Genre-Busting: It's a noir plot, there are monsters from horror fiction, it's urban and fantastic, and it's a comedy.
  • Headless Horseman: Headless Horsemen are prominent in this installment, running "rantches" of giant ants.
  • Hulk Speak: The male meat golems communicate entirely in mostly monosyllabic, two-word sentences. The female meat golems can't speak at all, and communicate mostly with facial expressions, gestures, and writing.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: Jane's eyes are two wildly different colors, seeing as they came from two different people.
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  • Monster Mash: The series features vampires, zombies, banshees, goblins, witches, werewolves, gremlins, crawling eyes, meat golems, mummies, robots, doppelgangers, phantoms, ghosts, killer vegetables, ogres, sirens, gill men, bug-eyed monsters, and many, many more.
  • Quest for Identity: The driving force behind Jane's actions; to find out more about the women she was made from, and to reconcile them with who she is now.