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The Reign of the Kingfisher
The Reign of the Kingfisher: A Novel | T.J. Martinson
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30 years ago a superhero tried to save Chicago. Now the city is again under siege, in this gritty, suspenseful, and beautifully written novel from award-winning debut author T.J. Martinson Somewhere in Chicago, a roomful of people have been taken hostage. The hostages will be killed one by one, the masked gunman says on-screen, unless the police will admit that they faked the death of the legendary superhero called the Kingfisher and helped him to give up his defense of the city thirty years ago. Retired reporter Marcus Waters made his name as a journalist covering the enigmatic superhero’s five years of cleaning up Chicago’s streets. Then the Kingfisher died, Chicago resumed its violent turmoil, and Marcus slid back into obscurity. But did the Kingfisher really die? And who would take hostages connected to the Kingfisher's past attempts to clean up the streets? With the help of disgraced police officer Lucinda Tillman and a young hacktivist named Wren, Marcus will explore the city's violence, corruption, and chaos to figure out if the vigilante hero died tragically, or gave up hope and abandoned the city—and for the hostages, the clock is ticking.
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So good so far! Really like the crime/mystery backdrop going on within the hunt for a missing superhero.

Reign of the Kingfisher | T J Martinson
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When the blurbs say it's about a super hero, that's true but I was expecting "Bam!" and "Pow!" and it really is about regular folks who go the extra mile, who show up and fight for what is right with no expectation of glory.

The author wrote he was inspired by the Women's March, the Parkland activists and so many more.
This one has a lot of heart.