In crime-ravaged 1980s New York, a troubled ex-cop turned unlicensed detective takes on his most dangerous case, hunting down a serial killer-hitman, and ultimately coming face-to-face with his deadliest enemy, himself, in this graphic novel adaptation of the book by Lawrence Block.
Matthew Scudder is dying, one bottle at a time. A young prostitute named Kim Dakkinen is dying too, her life measured out in tricks. She wanted out, had asked for Scudder's help, but suddenly she wasn't dying anymore, she was just dead. The former cop turned P.I. promised to protect her, but he failed. Now his atonement is to find her killer. But the secrets in the dead hooker's past are dirtier than her living, and searching for a killer in a city where everyone's a victim is a good way to make the role permanent.
Steeped in traditional pulp, Block's writing has a true gift for capturing the art of conversation between his characters. These are the lowlifes of society, for whom Block occasionally finds redemption, but who are more often among the vilest beings in human existence. Snyder's art both encapsulates and elevates these rough-cut gems in a graphic, grainy, and moody setting that evokes the dark, noir magazine covers of the period.
This is the first graphic novel adaptation of world-renowned writer Lawrence Block's work and features an introduction from Block himself. The highly detailed, full-color artwork from John K. Snyder III perfectly complements the noir aesthetic of Block's writing, making this a must have for fans of crime fiction, both in prose and graphic novel form.
About the Author
Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a perennial winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He also received the Nero Award and Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association. He is a prolific author and is a devoted New Yorker and enthusiastic world traveler.
John K. Snyder III is an Eisner-nominated artist whose career spans over three decades and is the creator of the groundbreaking alternative comic series FASHION IN ACTION. Snyder's previous literary adaptations include DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE and Joseph Conrad's THE SECRET AGENT. He is also known for his work on DOCTOR MID-NITE and SUICIDE SQUAD for DC Comics.