Faust, Christa & Andrea Camerini (illus.). Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics. Jun. 2017. 128p. ISBN 9781785851193. pap. $19.99. CRIME FICTION
Reminiscent of 1970s hard-boiled detective and pulp novels, this gritty graphic novel by American crime fiction writers Faust (Money Shot) and Phillips (editor, Orange County Noir) and artist Camerini (Vernacoliere) centers on a videotape that contains compromising information landing in the hands of peepshow worker Roxy Bell. Trying to make ends meet in 1986 New York City, Roxy must elude criminals, corrupt cops, and politicians who will do anything to get the material back in their possession. As the pages move along, people get hurt and die, and there's no guarantee the bad guys will pay for what they've done.
VERDICT With no heroes and a story line that has the feel of being beaten down into the gutters, that one ray of sunlight turning out to be a policeman's flashlight, this is a great read for fans of Mickey Spillane, Elmore Leonard, and the films Mean Streets and Drugstore Cowboy.
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