The unknown is intriguing and scary. The unknown: a crime novel whose protagonist is part human, part armadillo. Sounds intriguing, right? Who wouldn't want to learn more about the life and times of a P.I. with a carapace? But it also sounds a little scary. Was the author be able to pull it off? Will he be able to help me suspend disbelief and care about this fantastic creature from his imagination? Or will I end up yawning, shutting down my Nook and swearing off unfamiliar authors?
I'm happy to report that Mr. Piers was able to successfully immerse this reader in an imaginary world where human armadillos work as detectives and frog women are movie stars. We can all empathize with an outsider and Dilbert Pinkerton, the mutant detective, is definitely one of those. Though there's some gratuitous gore and Dilbert is perhaps a bit too hard boiled, this isn't comic strip. This is a novel with hints of despair and enough space for moral ambiguity.
The novel's chief weakness was its villain. To avoid spoiling the mystery, I will only say that the novel would have been more satisfying if its villain had been more fully developed. Despite this shortcoming, I enjoyed The Dame Was a Tad Polish. If, like me, you're considering making this your first Nick C. Piers novel, I encourage you to overcome your fear of the unknown and dive in.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)