Friday, August 5, 2011
Holding out for a hero
Everyone needs a hero. For some sleuths, it's a cool James Bond type of person who stays cool under pressure and knows how to kick some serious butt. For others, it's a super smart computer guy who can break any code and never break a sweat. Or, for still others, it's someone with a strong code of honor who is relentless when he/she goes after the bad guys. So who is my sleuth Lydia McKenzie's hero?
Perhaps it's easier to say who isn't Lydia's hero. It certainly isn't her bosses. Although they're licensed private investigators who get hired to find people and solve cases, Leo and Frankie D'Angelo are pretty lazy guys. Their dad started the business, and they just stepped into his shoes. Leo knows his way around the computer, but both appear to miss countless clues when they go out on the job. They also, to Lydia's disgust, take awful stake-out pictures.
So who does she dream of being? Certainly not some crazy female ninja fighter. She's got too much common sense (and not enough brute strength) to do well at that. She took a self-defense class once, but she knows her limits. Her real power lies in her brain and photography skills, not her fighting prowess. Besides, she still doesn't know the first thing about guns or karate.