The Curse of Jacob Tracy by Holly Messinger is her debut novel. It, too, has something to do with newspapers like Numero Zero, but in a different way. The newspaper in this tale is the tool of a demon that uses them to predict deaths that it then carries out. Our hero, Jacob Tracy sees things that others don’t, like spirits and other supernatural things. He was in the Civil War and trained to be a priest but gave that up. After the war he and his partner, Boz, used to protect wagon trains going west from St Louis, but that business dried up and he was hired by another spiritualist, Miss Fairweather to help her locate and get rid of demons. They are ghost hunters in the 1880’s. We encounter all sorts of ghouls, goblins, werewolves, bloodsuckers, and evil. It is eye opening and amazing that all around us these specters exist; we just don’t see them as Tracy and Fairweather do.
This is Tarantino on steroids. The action and gratuitous killings and deaths we have grown to love and hate in a Tarantino film is what our Ms. Messinger provides in print. She provides different scenarios in the novel as Quentin provides chapters in his movies. I hope he picks up this novel cause he is the only one to do it as a movie. I can’t wait for the next in the series.