Stuart Kovacs

Created by Sarah Weinman

In 2005, the Divine Ms. Sarah Weinman, the Crime Fiction Sweetheart of the Internet and the Queen of the Blogs (cf: Confessions of an Idosyncratic Mind), made her long-awaited Thrilling Detective Web Site fiction debut with "Out of Clay," a sly piece of whimsy which introduced STUART KOVACS, a New York private eye with one hell of a partner.

Trust me, Stuart's not your average shamus -- in fact, he may be the weirdest new eye I've come across in a good while, definitely the man to go to when things ain't kosher.

Oh, sure, at first Stuart seems like just another nice Jewish boy, just a little bit younger, a little more urban and a little more, uh, hormonal than that Mrs. Cooperman's boy (No, not Sam the doctor... the younger one, you know, Benny). But Stuart has a darker side.

You see, Stuart's possessed. By a demon. A Jewish demon. A couple of centuries-old Jewish demon called Malakh. One who delights in making Stuart spout strings of obscenity-laden invective and perform other inappropriate acts at the most inopportune times.

Fortunately, as his demonalogist (in New York, we are told, you can get a license for anything) explains to him, trying to console him, Stuart has "the lowest grade" of dybbuk, one who's "a bit of a trickster. Loves the idea of saying many dirty words in a row. If it weren't for the fact that possessed people look a bit different, you could pass yourself off as having Tourette's."

But Stuart's not exactly overjoyed at being afflicted with what he refers to as "the whole demonic possession thing." Eventually he and Malakh come to an understanding of sorts, and Stuart, reluctantly, learns to live with a demon for company, even going to movies or baseball games occasionally.

And Malakh, despite his contrariness and disdain for mortals in particular, sure comes in handy with the bizarre sort of cases, usually involving some of the more arcane aspects of Jewish mythology, that Stuart's recently been finding himself caught up in.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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