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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant


Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant


Delilah Dirk is a world traveler and an expert swordfighter, as well as a highly skilled lock-picker and an overall talented strategist and fighter. She’s also the star of a delightfully fun (and beautifully illustrated) adventure set in 19th-century Turkey.

Delilah is being held in a prison in the king’s palace as the story begins. Interrogated by a Turkish lieutenant, she boldly proclaims that she will soon escape…which she does. Doing so turns the lieutenant into a wanted man, however (how could this young girl escape this prison if he wasn’t in cahoots with her, the king presumes), so Delilah ends up taking him along with her --- after she saves his life several times. Now he’s indebted to her (which is good for Delilah, because he makes the best tea she’s ever tasted). What’s bad for him is that he’s being chased as a traitor and his pursuers would like to see both him and Delilah dead.

DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT began as a webcomic and is now offered in book form from First Second. Kids and teens will love it (there is a lot of violence, including bloodshed, but it’s mostly played for laughs and never graphically; still, even comically treated death is death). Tony Cliff’s story is fast-paced and moves quickly from one gorgeous setting to another. While the plot is sometimes thin, the art never disappoints, and Delilah’s tale keeps readers solidly entertained throughout.

Reviewed by John Hogan on September 12, 2013

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
by Tony Cliff