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Friday, August 17, 2007

Night Shadow

***** Night Shadow by Nora Roberts. Contemporary romance. Re-read.

This is the second book in the Night Tales series, and my favorite.

Deborah O'Roarke is an assistant district attorney. Gage Guthrie is.... well, he's a lot of things. He's an ex-cop who'd been nearly killed in the line of duty and spent several months in a coma. He's very wealthy, due to an inheritance.

And he's Nemesis, a superhero who can turn invisible.

Law and order vs. vigilante superhero. It's irresistible.

I grew up with Batman (Adam West, not the comics), and there are definite similarities--regular guy, secret identity, even the butler.

There are also similarities to the In Death series Nora writes as J. D. Robb--the very wealthy man, the computer expertise, the house, and the butler again.

I'd complain about a mask keeping Deborah from recognizing that Gage = Nemesis, but there's a long comics tradition there. It works for Batman and Spider-Man, and a simple pair of glasses keeps Lois Lane from recognizing that Clark Kent is Superman, so there's a huge amount of precedent there. Plus, Deborah is a little smarter than those other women: ****mild spoiler**** she can tell she's kissing the same man. ****

This is one of Nora's unusual books--there's Art of Deception, the slapstick-silly one, Storm Warning, the Agatha Christie one, and Night Shadow, the comics one. It seems that there's another one that's a departure.... ah, I think it's Search for Love, the gothic one, maybe. I'd love to see Nemesis comic books, but sadly, it's not going to happen. (I asked.)


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