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Miro Hetzel, Effectuator Paperback – 1 Feb 2018
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genre's in many of his books. I have read all of his books with the greatest pleasure.
Miro Hetzel is an effectuator - in effect, a private investigator. This book contains two of his cases.
Despite the unusual-for-Vance title "Dogtown Tourist Agency", the story is straightforward Vance, with effectuatory Miro Hetzel traveling to the planet Maz to track down a mysterious shipping company. Maz contains the usual mix of weird races and aloof characters, though the fun language and footnotes are toned down a bit from the Vance usual. It's a fun if not outstanding story.
"Freitzke's Turn" is a more limited but still enjoyable story in which Hetzel searches for a brilliant but twisted old schoolmate. The setup is fairly thin, and we mostly just follow along as Hetzel solves the case. The end, however, is satisfying, and more upbeat (in some ways) than usual.
All in all, very enjoyable exemplars of the standard Vance, though with slightly less unusual vocabulary. A must for Vance fans, fun for occasional Vance readers, and a good entry point for new readers.
Freitzke's Turn is much more linear in telling the tale of mysterious medical crimes that lead to the tropical islands of Jamus Amaha and the odd practice of Dr. Faurence Dacre.
The pair of Miro Hetzel stories only leaves me wanting more from the author. These stories have more depth and turnings than his Magnus Ridolph gadget stories of his early career.