mysteries and thrillers

Velvet, Vols. 1-2

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If you like your spies tough, angst-ridden, and British, Velvet is the perfect read for you. Imagine a James Bond universe where Moneypenny, the Director’s mild-mannered secretary, was actually an agent with a higher clearance level than Bond, who just…

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell

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  Jacques Tardi is one of the French cartooning greats—but his work is just starting to get its due in English translation, thanks largely to Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics. Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell, translated by Doug Headline, is…

The Fade Out

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      Hollywood, California, 1948. Fade in on professional screenwriter and semi-professional drunkard Charlie Parrish as he slowly wakes up after a wild night on the town. Charlie finds himself in a hotel bathtub, unable to remember anything about…

Grandville, vol. 3: Bete Noire

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The story of Grandville continues in the third volume of the adventures of Detective-Inspector Lebrock of Scotland Yard. If you aren’t familiar with the world of Grandville, it is a deeply engrossing “scientific-romance thriller,” as the subtitle says. Grandville is…

Blacksad: A Silent Hell

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When a friend’s research for an article on the New Orleans blues scene lands private investigator John Blacksad a job looking for a missing musician, the whiskered detective’s persistence takes him deep into the city’s secret-filled shadows, putting the old adage…

The Night Bookmobile

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Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. What goes on in that head of yours? In this 2010 adult picture book, our heroine, Lexi, is taking a late night walk through the streets of Chicago, trying to clear her head after fighting with her…

Blacksad

A dead starlet. A kidnapped child. A blacklisted intellectual. Hardboiled P.I. John Blacksad knows better than to get personally involved in his cases, but fate seems disinclined to let him keep his distance. When politics, passion, and prejudice stir up…

Powers, vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?

What, Brian Michael Bendis again? I’ll admit, I’m a wee bit biased, but he’s also one of the few authors who consistently works in this genre. This time around, with Oeming’s artwork a wonderful vision of traditionally bright animation cast…

Sin City

Introduction Sin City is a series in which the men are real men, and the women are real women. Except truthfully, not so much. Sin City is the creation of Frank Miller and he’s writing noir at it’s very best.…