mysteries and thrillers

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 5

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After falling into an ambush plotted by the criminal mastermind known only as The Wiseman, assassin-turned-vigilante Mamoru Hijikata finds his confidence completely shot. Were it not for the intervention of tween psychic Haruka Tooyama, he would be dead. Thinking himself…

The Heart of Thomas

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Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic tale,…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 4

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The vigilante Element Network’s plan to strike fear into the heart of Tokyo’s underworld has been a success, but it has also attracted the attention of super-cop Detective Genda. Assigned to the kidnapping of Haruka Tooyama, Genda has uncovered evidence…

Trigun Maximum Omnibus, vol.1

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Trigun Maximum can best be described using the line of text on its contents page: “DEEP SPACE PLANET FUTURE GUN ACTION!!” The series includes lots of over-the-top, gunslingin’ action, with machines and weapons advanced far beyond what the Wild West-style setting suggests, coupled with a large…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 3

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The third volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens in the thick of the action, with pre-teen psychic Haruka and her protector Mamoru on the run. Their pursuer is Fang, an international assassin who utilizes stolen military-grade technology to…

Dust Bunny

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Budding metropolis Structure City was burned to the ground in 1995, killing the entire population, save for 500 people. The survivors knew they must find a new home, leading them to seek shelter underground. Those with traits more conducive to nocturnal life survived…

The Undertaking of Lily Chen

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The title of The Undertaking of Lily Chen has a double meaning, just as the mountain peaks and valleys on the cover of the book represent the landscape while forming a trompe l’oeil skull. The first meaning is entirely dark…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 2

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As the second volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens, blind swordsman/ex-criminal Mamoru and his allies in the Element Network have successfully protected tween psychic Haruka from her would-be kidnappers. However, the vigilantes have little time to rest on their…

Pandora Hearts, vol. 1

Pandora Hearts, vol. 1 needs you to keep up. You will be introduced to a new world, a huge cast, and a mysterious dimension with its own set of rules that aren’t explained until a third of the way through…

Batman: Heart of Hush

For the purposes of disclosure, I am more than a little biased towards Paul Dini. His work on some of my regularly scheduled after school television shows has long endeared me to a man that has made a career on…