Stalking the Dragon: A Fable of Tonight (John Justin Mallory Mystery)
by Mike Resnick
Cover Artist: David Palumbo
Review by Cathy Green
Pyr Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591027454
Date: 25 August 2009 List Price $15.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In Stalking the Dragon, a sequel to Stalking the Unicorn and "Post Time in Pink" (a short story in the Newer York anthology edited by Lawrence Watt-Evans, which is out of print but absolutely worth hunting down used) private detective John Justin Mallory is back, along with his partner Col. Winifred Carruthers and the office cat-girl Felina. They're just getting ready to close up for the night and go to dinner when Buffalo Bill Brody bursts in demanding to hire them to find his miniature dragon Fluffy, who has been kidnapped (lizardnapped?) right before the biggest show of the season, the Eastminster pet show, where Fluffy was sure to be a strong contender for Best in Show. Given that Fluffy is due in the ring at 4:00 pm the next day, Brody is desperate and offers Mallory $1000 up front and an additional $5000 upon safe return of Fluffy in time for the show. From official release/information:
From publisher's website: It's Valentine's Day and private detective John Justin Mallory is planning on closing up the office early and taking his partner, Col. Winnifred Carruthers, out to dinner, since he's sure no one else will do so. But before he can turn off the lights and lock the door, a panic-stricken Buffalo Bill Brody visits them. It seems that the Eastminster pet show is being held the next day, and his dragon, Fluffy, the heavy favorite, has been kidnapped.
Mallory's nocturnal hunt for the miniature dragon takes him to some of the stranger sections of this Manhattan—Greenwitch Village (which is right around the corner from Greenwich Village and is populated by witches and covens); a wax museum where figures of Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre come alive; Gracie Mansion (which is haunted by the ghosts of former mayors); and the Bureau of Missing Creatures, a movie set where they're filming a PBS documentary on zombies and various other denizens of the Manhattan night. As Mallory follows the leads and hunts for clues, he comes up against one dead end after another.
Along the way he meets a few old friends and enemies, and a host of strange new inhabitants of this otherworldly Manhattan. Aided by a strange goblin named Jeeves, Mallory has only one night to find a tiny dragon that's hidden somewhere in a city of seven million.