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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (2 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006513808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006513803
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For Los Angeles private eye Vincent Rubio, the idea of having a tail means a lot more than being followed. Vincent is a Velociraptor, one of those little dinosaurs who caused so much panic in Jurassic Park. He keeps his tail tightly strapped up in the special latex costume that he wears to make himself look human.

In Eric Garcia's wild but winning first mystery, dinosaurs never did get wiped out--they evolved secretly and now make up about 5 percent of the world's population. There are dinosaur doctors, lawyers, even detectives like Rubio--although he's hit a low point in his own career because of the suspicious death of his beloved partner. Now the distraught Vincent sucks up so much basil that he can't do his job. But when a human who knows the dinosaur's secret is killed during an arson fire at a popular dino disco called the Evolution Club, Rubio's luck begins to change. He starts to snoop, following the trail of a lovely human female to the office of Dr Emil Vallardo, where bizarre experiments are being done on inter-species breeding between humans and dinosaurs. It's all great comic-book fun, full of nice little inside jokes, served up deadpan and with full respect for the private-eye genre which it enlivens. --Dick Adler

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‘You’re mostly going to be dazzled by Garcia’s energy and chutzpah’
Publishers Weekly

‘A whimsical surprisingly logical farce’
Kirkus Reviews

‘The story’s sly, seamlessly conceived dinosaur underworld contains all the elements of a cult classic’
Entertainment Weekly

‘A weird and wonderful cross between a Mickey Spillane crime novel and a dodgy late-night sci-fi series.’
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
Forget everything you know about dinosaurs. Not only did they not become extinct 65 million years ago, they currently make up about 5% of the "human" population. Rather than stomp all of us humans out of existence eons ago, they decided just to live in our world secretly, donning complex human guises and protecting their continued existence exceedingly carefully. You'd be amazed at just how many celebrities and power brokers are actually dinosaurs in disguise. All they want is to keep their secret, find the time and opportunity to really be themselves every now and again, and maybe get a good buzz on with basil or certain other herbs if and when the urge strikes. They live by two golden rules: never let a human learn their secret (and kill any who do) and never, ever, ever engage in interspecies relations with a human.
With Anonymous Rex, author Eric Garcia first brought this strange new world to life, garnering critical acclaim and a cult following for his efforts. He is a brilliantly wicked author, packing loads of comedy into noir-ish tales of dinosaur private investigator Vincent Rubio. Poor Vince has had a rough nine months. It all started when his partner Ernie was run over by a taxi in New York; Vince went a little nuts after that, broke a lot of rules and at least one nose during his investigation of the accident, and got himself declared dinosaur non grata in both New York and back home in Los Angeles. He is in an emotional and financial tailspin now, nursing a major basil addiction and basically trying to find a reason to keep on keeping on. With little left to his name, he finally gets a case thrown his way, an insurance job investigating a fire at a local dino club.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Jan. 2004
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The concept for this book is far fetched to say the least. Dinosaurs did not become extinct but disguised themselves as humans and now live amongst us. We follow one particular dino-man called Vincent Rubio who is a Private Detective. This book is basically a crime thriller. It is fantastically written, with wit and humour and utterly believable. It is unlike any novel out there and if you have an open mind this will be an incredibly enjoyable read. As well as the outlandish premise for the book, the actual story is excellently plotted out before you with lots of twists and real pace. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Anonymous Rex starts off almost like a typical 'american cop' thriller. However the reader is soon made aware that this is no ordinary cop, but an intelligent dino in disguise! The background theory is that dinos did not completely perish in the meteor strike 65 million years ago. Sixteen species survived, but gradually reduced to human size and evolved intelligence. With the evolution of humankind 3 million years ago, there was a need to diguise themselves if the two species were to live in harmony (a veiled barb at man's xenophobia). Otherwise this tale is fairly conventiontional 'who dunnit' formula with a series of murders, some very clever (and unexpected) twists, and a surprising climax. What makes this different is of course the dinos in disguise and the 'what if' factor. The author has researched well his background Jurassic material and scientific theories which adds to the beleivability of this 'alien among us' theme. To say more would give the plot away - happy reading, I am away to order the sequel 'Casual Rex'
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