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Murder by Remote Control

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 12th 1986 by Ballantine Books
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Nicola Mansfield
Very weird. First, there is the basic story of a man fishing out on the lake and attacked by a remote control airplane. He's found dead and a special agent is sent to the quiet Maine shore to investigate the inhabitants of a few houses along the shore. They all could have motives for wanting the man dead. But each person's investigation turns into surreal dream-like LSD trips and it's all very outlandish and frankly, odd. Then when the case is over and the agent goes home, there is a little twis ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jun 25, 2016 Wayne McCoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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'Murder By Remote Control' is a collaboration between international writer Janwillem van de Wetering and his neighbor, artist Paul Kirchner. The book did very poorly during it's initial publication, but this reprint should bring new life to a story that feels just as fresh and interesting today.

The story starts with the murder of Mr. Jones who is out on a lake and is killed by a remote control airplane. There are plenty of suspects in the area and lots of motives. Mr. Jones was not a very nice g
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John
Nov 06, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surreal, bizarre, thoughtful and mysterious. I've never read anything like it.
Pop Bop
Apr 16, 2016 Pop Bop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Trippy and Deeply Cool, (or, "Dragnet" With Magic Mushrooms)

I just read the new Dover re-issue of this book, which was originally published in 1986 by Ballantine. The passage of 30 years has done nothing to dim the book's appeal. Indeed, the contrast between some of the dated aspects of the story/drawing and the prescient and very current eco-tech themes adds a good deal to the reader's enjoyment.

You know those neo-noir books that feature "existential detectives" and hippy-dippy pretension? Wel
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Theediscerning
Apr 15, 2016 Theediscerning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine publication from this publishing house, and long may their interest in reviving lost graphic novels last, especially if the results are like this. Two introductory essays and the first reprint of this book in English since the mid-1980s, when it brought neither creator a penny in royalties. That's not too impossible to believe from the contents, a politically charged thriller set on the coast of Maine, that opens out into quite surreal visual pages. I'd liken them to something more strong ...more
Rick
Feb 02, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it
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Dutch crime novelist van de Wetering and Marvel/Heavy Metal artist Kirchner, both Zen Buddhists, apply their shared life philosophy to the American-style mystery novel. Before he can build his destructive oil refinery in the Maine wilderness, someone murders Mr. Jones, a despicable man who disrespects people and the environment equally. In this black and white work, littered with liberal does of surrealism and sexuality, van de Wetering and Kirchner investigate the likely subjects. Employing a c ...more
Rosie
Apr 12, 2016 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very trippy and strange noir pastiche, with some of the most gorgeous splash pages I've ever seen.
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