"Trick was, the bird was covered in a kind of lacquer to hide its value, and so you had to know what the bird was about to know what it was worth," writes Blackwell, perhaps appraising the iconic statuette, perhaps slicing into the self-referential. Or, perhaps doing both at the same time. The unknowing is written into the game—the library of the world is at your fingertips, but you’ll never read the exact catalogue another author has covered. You may spot certain influences, pinpoint certain references, but paths diverge. Playing the seeker means trusting the pattern, trusting that although changed, the object will arise the same.
Shadow Man rewards that trust with more than just satisfied "A-ha’s"—the novel unfolds like Miller’s Crossing as scripted by Tom Stoppard, with the daily call sheet penned in disappearing ink.
Nathan Huffstutter reviewed Shadow Man for DIAGRAM's latest issue. Here's a little of what he had to say about the book: