Thursday, 12 January 2017

Do Love my Dulu-Dulu! by Reb MacRath

The experts like to tell us to shovel research by the ton...then add a teaspoon to our work. Authenticity and seasoning.




And there's something to be said for that. Failure to keep the old adage in mind results in bloated epics with chapters devoted to ancient Roman plumbing, the story itself getting lost on the way. Purists might even add that the teaspoon of research that is used be stamped 100% Organic. That is, the author must not pre-decide to add a particular bit.


Well, three cheers for the Purists. Even with my love of ancient Rome, I'm less likely to finish a history by Colleen McCullough than a Sub Rosa mystery by Steven Saylor. I feel crushed in the former but alive, in the second, on the streets of Rome.

And yet I'm here to tell you: I find it impossible, sometimes, to write or eat 100% Organically. My new Boss MacTavin mystery, Seattle Red, led me into the world of alternative weapons. For, in one of the most dangerous cities on earth, Boss is forbidden to 'carry'. No gun. Worse, he may be jailed if found with anything seen as a weapon.

I found myself on a long, merry chase for alternative weapons that Boss might carry--and a good way for him to transport them. The search wasn't cheap, I can tell you. But I felt I needed to test anything used in the book. (Test on a dummy, of course, not a thug.)

For $400 I found the ideal jacket, loaded with 30-odd pockets, most of them artfully hidden. The weapon/not-weapon search, though, wore me out. And my mailbox was soon flooded with mysterious plain boxes that raised the postman's eyes. I'll reveal a good number of these in the novel itself, coming your way the first week in March. Let me share just two for now: one revealing the Purist within me...and one showing a grinning horned devil.

Let us begin with the Purist. The Impact Kerambit Travel Wrench is 100% Organic, brought into the tale because it is AW (alternative weapon) perfection.

As you can see, it's clearly labeled as a travel wrench and has four clearly sized holes. Airport security would have no trouble with it if it's neatly stowed in your bag. But if you slip your index finger through the oversized ring at the top and rest your pinkie at the base of the L, you have plastic brass knuckles also good for chopping.

No question, then, of my not using this--or a half-dozen other AWs. But the devil did come into play with one rattling box I was brought. My 6" Dulu-Dulu had arrived.

Oh, wow. And wow again. How could I not give my main man a Dulu-Dulu in this book? By the rules of the book, he'll be jailed if it's found. Worse, it's not really 100% Organic. Rather, the Dulu-Dulu proved beyond me to resist. The devil whispered. And I answered, 'Yeah!'

So sue me if you really must. Better yet, though, buy the book and learn what a Dulu-Dulu can do in Boss's hands.

This is my report.

10 comments:

Jan Needle said...

Depends on the airport, I guess. I was once delayed for half an hour on a trip from Manchester to Germany because of an unidentified object in my luggage. When they finally made me unload everything so they could point it out to me, it was a mouth organ in a plastic case. 'Ooo,' they said, 'sorry. Never seen anything like that before.' I also bought, from an American website, a 'killer pen.' It was a metal ball-point, which would have made a nasty dent in you, for sure. It got across the Atlantic though...

Bill Kirton said...

Your promotional work on Seattle Red is exemplary, Reb. Also, I can imagine a future court hearing in which a judge tells the defendant that killing her husband with a Brussels sprout is unprecedented and she replies, 'No, M'Lud. I read it in a Reb MacRath book'.

Reb MacRath said...

Thanks, Jan and Bill.

Jan, this is why I will always travel by train when I can. I have two tactical pens, one of which should be okay: very solid, very sleek, but not obviously a weapon. The other I wouldn't try: it looks dangerous and bears the Smith and Wesson logo. Next time I fly, I'll try my luck with the travel wrench...but will order a second one beforehand in case the first is taken.

Bill, in my defense I'll remind the court of the Clive Owen movie in which he stabs bad guys in the eye or head with one of the giant carrots he's forever munching.

Enid Richemont said...

Mr MacRath, you are a dangerous man. My own undetectable weapon is an ice spear. You can make one in your fridge, do the deed quickly, then the weapon melts, and who would suspect you? And I have a little list, and they never woud be missed...

Katherine Roberts said...

That reminds me of the Roald Dahl tale where the murder weapon is a frozen leg of lamb - thawed out, cooked and eaten by the time the detectives arrive.

Dennis Hamley said...

Eaten by the police themselves, I seem to remember. A pity you can't eat a wrench, or even a spanner, Reb. Myself, I'll stick to carrots.
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Reb MacRath said...

Thanks, Enid, Katherine and Dennis. As I walk about in my 35-pocket jacket, I'll work on somehow adding a large pocket for frozen weapons. Will definitely add a carrot, meantime.

Leverett Butts said...

I was thinking along similar veins the other day when during winter (which lasts three days in Georgia), I wonder about the feasibility of killing someone with an icicle. Then you could let the murder weapon melt. I may use this in my planned reteloing of Ragnarok after I finish GUNS.

Reb MacRath said...

In Die Hard 2, John McClane stabs a bad guy in the eye with a huge icicle. But I don't think John worried about being caught.

Sandra Horn said...

Lipstick? Oh, pur-lease! Try hairbrush, which once got me stopped at Geneva customs as its outline looked like a pistol, apparently!