Dillon is one of the premier New Pulp characters and I enjoy reading his adventures. When I heard the premise of this novel I had to read it - a young Dillon at the start of his career seeking out a mentor to train him,
The hero Dillon seeks out is Jim Anthony Super Detective. Jim Anthony appeared in 25 tales from 1940 to 1943. In recent times he's been revived by Airship 27 and Pro Se Productions. Jim Anthony come from the Doc Savage School of pulp heroes. He's half Irish, half Indian and all American and is an expert tracker and scientist. His original adventures were of the spicy variety.
The story opens with Dillon waiting at the New York branch of the Baltimore Gun Club in the hopes of meeting Jim Anthony. After a discussion between the new hero and the retired one, Anthony takes Dillon to his penthouse apartment in the Waldorf-Anthony when enemies attack.
This is slam-bang pulp adventure where we discover that an old enemy of Jim Anthony is back and even get a flash back adventure to when Jim Anthony first clashed with the German pulp hero Sun Koh. Crossovers and references come thick and fast throughout the book but the pace is so fast it's almost like trying to catch something out of the window of a speeding train.
I would be very surprised if this story was not nominated for a New Pulp Award come next year. This an amazing book and I would recommend grabbing this.