Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short
by Arvind Ethan David
Cover Artist: Ilias Kyriazis
Review by Gayle Surrette
IDW Publishing Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781631407017
Date: 20 September 2016 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Dirk Dently calls himself a Holistic Detective. He believes that everything is connected, so if you want to find something just look anywhere at random and eventually you'll find it. For some reason it seems to work for him, not that he makes much money as a detective. People who show up at his door usually have a pretty weird case that no one else would take or they just want to tell him about something out of the ordinary.
Sally called from her job at the hospital to tell him to drop by to hear about a problem that might suit him. When he arrives she introduces him to the Kingdom-Browns. The entire family was normal and then suddenly can't communicate: no talking, writing, or signing. Dirk agrees to help but he has no leads. So when leaving the hospital, he wanders toward his office. And on the way sees an interesting looking woman and decides to follow her. She leads him to his office. She's come to offer him a job. Professor Travers want him to come to Kenya to help a tribe that has no words.
The story takes many twists and turns and includes aliens, poachers, threatening stewardesses, dead rhinos, secret government experiments, and romance. There are also a number of flashbacks that have a totally different artistic style than that used for the main story. The flashbacks fill in some of Dirk's childhood experiences that shaped him and his beliefs.
The story is a true nod to the work of Douglas Adams and includes a two page spread about rhinos and why poachers continue to slaughter them and how to help stop it. This was a cause that Adams cared deeply about.
Partly serious, partly comedic, it is also decidedly entertaining and informative.