My #Review of #SecretIdentity by #AlexSegura @alex_segura published by @Flatironbooks

From Anthony Award-winning writer Alex Segura comes Secret Identity, a rollicking literary mystery set in the world of comic books.

It’s 1975 and the comic book industry is struggling, but Carmen Valdez doesn’t care. She’s an assistant at Triumph Comics, which doesn’t have the creative zeal of Marvel nor the buttoned-up efficiency of DC, but it doesn’t matter. Carmen is tantalizingly close to fulfilling her dream of writing a superhero book. 

That dream is nearly a reality when one of the Triumph writers enlists her help to create a new character, which they call “The Lethal Lynx,” Triumph’s first female hero. But her colleague is acting strangely and asking to keep her involvement a secret. And then he’s found dead, with all of their scripts turned into the publisher without her name. Carmen is desperate to piece together what happened to him, to hang on to her piece of the Lynx, which turns out to be a runaway hit. But that’s complicated by a surprise visitor from her home in Miami, a tenacious cop who is piecing everything together too quickly for Carmen, and the tangled web of secrets and resentments among the passionate eccentrics who write comics for a living. 

Alex Segura uses his expertise as a comics creator as well as his unabashed love of noir fiction to create a truly one-of-a-kind novel–hard-edged and bright-eyed, gritty and dangerous, and utterly absorbing.

Thanks have to go to the very Alex Segura for posting me a copy of Secret Identity to review. ❤️🙏❤️

Ok, I am a bit of a comic book nerd, many years ago in the late 1980’s my Ex-husband and I used to go to a Comic Shop in our local town and spend our adult money on Comics…..well I left the comics with said ex-husband and have regretted it ever since! So when I saw Secret Identity I just knew I had to read it!

And I absolutely loved it from the first chapter. Firstly our lead character is Carmen Valdez who is a lowly assistant at Triumph Comics, the comics industry is struggling just like the size of Carmen’s flares as this is 1975! And from a young girl Carmen has lays wanted to write a comic, her Daddy (a Cuban immigrant ) learnt English by reading comics and passed his love of them on Carmen. But not only has she run away to New York because of her past, she is just seen as a woman assistant and in the mid 1970’s men really didn’t think women were able to do much especially writing comics!

So the scene is set for a darkly rich gritty noir novel, set in the middle of the 1970’s in New York where the younger generation like Carmen are finding themselves thru their sexuality, I LOVED that Carman is a Lesbian as I can totally identify with her being one myself and I didn’t know this before reading Secret Identity so I was really pleased to have a strong kick ass female lead like me! Well apart from I’m a lot older and would put a hip out if I kicked ass!! 🤣

There is a great mixture of really rich male and female characters, Alex has a fabulous talent for writing a person who literally jumps off the page into your mind as a fully rounded live person, you can see why he writes fantastic comics! The plot involves the Murder of Carmen’s friend Harvey and her dangerous journey to find the truth of why he was murdered and what is making her and her friends a target to the offender!

I loved that there are actual graphic comic segments that really added to the storyline, the descriptions of New York in 1975 have been well researched (or lived thru!) the music, the clothes, the restaurants, the society that Carmen lives in were amazing and really took me there, so much so I could smell the pizza and sweat!

In conclusion this is a dazzling and exceptional novel , it’s not just for comics fans, it’s a darkly gritty historical thriller with many twists (I did not guess the ending which is always great, thanks to the red herrings,) that will take you away from todays issues into a better time and make you want to rush out and buy some comics!

5 Stars ⭐🔥

Alex Segura is the bestselling and award-winning author of Secret Identity, which the New York Times called “wittily original” and named an Editor’s Choice. NPR described the novel as “masterful,” and it received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. Alex is also the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, and a number of comic books – including The Mysterious Micro-Face (in partnership with NPR), The Black GhostThe Archies, The Dusk, The Awakened, and more. His short story, “90 Miles” was included in The Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories for 2021 and won the Anthony Award for Best Short Story. By day he is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Oni Press, with previous stints at Archie Comics and DC Comics.
A Miami native, he lives in New York with his wife and children.

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