The Grande Odalisque

Fantagraphics Bks. Feb. 2021. 128p. ISBN 9781683964025. $24.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
When a cat burglar named Carole is injured when her partner Alex becomes distracted by romantic woes in the middle of stealing a painting from Paris’s Musée D’Orsay, she begins to question whether it’s time to bring their decade long association to an end. Before she can make up her mind, the pair embarks upon the most audacious robbery of their careers—swiping a painting from the Louvre. In need of extra muscle, they recruit Sam, a tough-as-nails, recently widowed motorcycle daredevil. As they plot and scheme, swap stories of their exploits, and do battle against a Mexican drug cartel during a quick trip south of the border, the women form an intense bond that lends extra gravitas to the climactic infiltration of the Louvre—a thrilling, high-octane action spectacle that puts the big-budget Hollywood blockbuster Fast and Furious franchise to shame.
VERDICT Readers will devour this action-packed, wildly sexy, witty, and ultra-cool crime story built around the complicated relationship between three charismatic women and rejoice to discover a note at the end promising they’ll return for further adventures in future volumes.
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