GRAPHIC NOVELS

Black Dahlia

. 9781681121789. Geary, Rick. The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans. ISBN 9781681121796. ea. vol.: NBM. (Treasury of XXth Century Murder). 2018. 80p. pap. $9.99. Rated: T+. MYS/CRIME
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In 1918, a series of vicious attacks against immigrants in New Orleans first sets the city on edge and then bizarrely inspires a classic jazz recording when someone posing as the murderer announces that he'll refrain from killing anyone listening to jazz in their home. In 1947, the mutilated, dismembered body of Elizabeth Short is found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The investigation into her death paints a portrait of a complex woman whose dreams of becoming a Hollywood starlet were seemingly corrupted by her involvement with a string of shady men. The failure to hold anyone accountable for her death reverberates to this day in the countless films, books, and television shows inspired by the case. With exhaustive research and carefully executed black-and-white line art, Geary (Lovers' Lane) brings cases both legendary and relatively obscure to life in all their fascinating, tragic, and sometimes ghoulish detail.
VERDICT Geary is an accomplished cartoonist and storyteller, and these installments in his long-running series on American crime are sure to satisfy fans of graphic novels and true crime alike.

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