In this short tale featured on Tor.com, Delilah is re-imagined as a cat burglar who’s really a cat! Fans of the original webcomic series will delight in seeing Delilah’s adventurous spirit and carefree feats of larceny embodied by a feline, while readers who are new to this fun, all-ages tale set in the Middle East will just enjoy a fast-paced, fun-filled yarn.
As Cliff describes it, here’s the plot of Delilah Dirk in a nutshell:
“In 19th-century Turkey, an officer in the Janissary army must struggle to repay a brash adventuress for saving his life, even though she was the one who endangered it in the first place.”
If you enjoy the rip-roaring action in exotic settings with a touch of comedy in the Indiana Jones movies, and like a story where the female characters do more than just swoon over the male main characters, then you’ll really enjoy Delilah Dirk and the French Lieutenant. It’s got a lot of the cinematic pacing and effortless comic timing of Bone by Jeff Smith, and characters that are likeable without being predictable.
Want more than just this little sample? You can read the adventures of Delilah Dirk online, for free! Start with Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, and maybe move on to reading a six-page preview of his mini-comic, Seeds of Good Fortune, which is a shorter, stand-alone Delilah Dirk tale that’s also very enjoyable. I got a copy of Seeds of Good Fortune at a prior Comic-Con and liked it a whole bunch — or at least enough to pre-order my copy of Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. Give it a try, and see if you fall for this delightful series too!