I, the Constable
© 2017 Paula M. Block and Terry Erdmann
Deep Space Nine once made a throwaway reference to the Mike Hammer novels of Mickey Spillane, and featured Constable Odo reading I, the Jury. I, the Constable, plays with that a bit more by having Odo play detective on Ferenginar, searching for a missing person. Odo fills his spare time on the flight writing ‘letters’ to Kira and reading more detective fiction — Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett are named — and arrives on Ferenginar slinging a mix of 20th century detective slang. The trail will lead him to dead bodies and scheming women, and culminate in a local stumbling around in a trench coat and fedora trying to help. If one likes straight mysteries and can tolerate the Ferengi, this is an amusing read. I was hoping the narrative voice would evoke Hammett and Chandler’s style more, beyond a little slang. (“Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.”)
I loved Deep Space 9. I really liked Odo's character too. This sounds like a neat idea for a book. I think that it will appeal mostly to die – hard Odo fans however. I wonder how many are actually out there.