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Things just can't get any worse for Antonio Mercer. A private eye by trade, a dame from his past has re-surfaced in his life as a client along with all of the emotional baggage he thought he'd left behind forever. Of course, this unusual client doesn't have just any case--her family is mixed up with seriously dangerous people and the body count is just starting to pile up! ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Oni Press (first published May 14th 2008)
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Dave Schaafsma
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
Looks like this might be a re-release as I see many older reviews, but it showed up in my library's new graphic novels section. It was originally published in 2008. I liked their Lady Killers better--more stylish and snarky--but Jones's art is still accomplished (and pretty stylish) here. The story of gumshoe Mercer, a coupla blonds, Jessica and Julie, a case of missing persons and some complicated emotional history because one of the women is his ex. It's solid noir, a pretty good yarn. ...more
Chad
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reads like a Dashiell Hammett or Raymond chandler novel, it's your classic noir detective story. Jamie Rich's dialog is spot on, it's sharp with a biting wit. Joelle Jones's art works very well with the story, setting the mood. ...more
Miranda
May 06, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I got 48 pages in when we get a panel of a woman saying to the male lead character:

"Have you ever hit a woman, Tony? I don't think she'd mind if you did."

Nope. Nope. Fuck that.
...more
Nay Keppler
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
My new favorite line - “You threw me a sucker’s case and played me for a lollipop.”
David Accampo
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you're a noir buff, this is great fun. It's a classic period mystery, starting with a "locked room" disappearance before barreling off into the seedier side of humanity, as every character hides secrets and motives. Jamie Rich's dialogue sings like 40's flick -- sly and sharp-writted iwth a sting of innuendo at every turn. He also gets some great hard-boiled narration without managing to over-write.

Joelle Jones artwork, which you wouldn't expect to fit a noir mystery like this, ends up workin
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Michele
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Over the weekend, I ran into Jamie S Rich and Joelle Jones at the Blastoff ComicFest in North Hollywood. I thoroughly enjoyed their comic book series, Lady Killer, so when I saw this book, I was immediately interested. I was not disappointed.

Set in San Francisco, this noir story was led by private detective, Antonio Mercer, who gets pulled in to investigate the disappearance of an old flame. The writing contains all of the expected noir themes and tropes, yet it manages to be a fresh story just
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Amory Blaine
I love the concept of a campy noir comic, but this one mostly came off as cliche. Trite dialogue, one-dimensional characters, predictable motives, and a "twist" ending guessed from the beginning that nonetheless still felt forced. The book also suffered from weak narration - winding voiceovers interspersed senselessly into important dialogue. Thankfully, the design of the book is flawless. The black and white artwork is dynamic and fitting for the genre, and the pages are the perfect size and st ...more
John Young
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
A fun read!
First off, the book design is great... It's an attractive hardcover that's the perfect size for a black and white, story-driven graphic novel (something built around delicate line artwork can be as big as it wants). Joelle Jones' cover illustration pops, and I know the book will look great on the shelf.
The story is a loving tribute to film noire; complete with a dopey, roughed up detective, femme fatales, seedy dives, gunplay, you name it. The story features enough of twists and turn
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Abby
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, comix, g7-candidate
A hard-boiled detective story in comics format. Beautiful design, and solid pencil work but so the story was so thoroughly ridden with cliches (the femme fatale, the laconic, square-jawed private eye with a soft spot for beautiful "dames," and of course, the "twist" at the end that anyone who's ever seen a noir film can anticipate from the very first page) that it just felt tiresome about half-way through. ...more
Molly
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir, 2010, graphic-novel
I only requested this because I like Jamie S. Rich, having no idea what it was about. Joelle Jones' art is perfect and the story is as good or better as what's coming out of the Vertigo Crime series right now -- Rich hits a perfect noir tone. ...more
Emma Harding
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of graphic novels, so a friend bought this for me for my birthday. The art is striking and the banter occasionally witty; it's very much your typical noir story.

Personally, I found the plot a bit predictable and I could have done without Mercer (the protagonist) getting beaten up almost once a chapter. You lose all tension when you have a character survive 6 or 7 times in a 180 page story.

However, Mercer was a pretty decent protagonist and most of the characters were interesting,
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Veronica
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Ehhhhhhh. I'm giving this a bonus star for Joelle Jones' art, which is gorgeous as always (although I miss the color from Lady Killer; this is completely black and white) but this is straight-up noir with all the sexism and "whoops I killed a dude consequences are something that happen to other people" that implies, and none of the fun pokes at the genre that Lady Killer had. Short version: if you're looking for more Lady Killer you're going to be disappointed. If you just happen to like noir, y ...more
Gregory
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kim Reynolds-Jolles
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by my daughter, to help me reach my crazy goal of 49 books before my birthday, which is soon... It worked, i read it in an hour and was fully entertained! It is a true gumshoe novel in a gorgeous full color graphic novel, dripping with all the requisite schmaltz of a detective story- boy meets girl, loses girl, and without giving it all away, girl kills detective.
Jennifer
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love Joelle Jones's art, and the Rich/Jones team does a great job with the noir feel. However, the story wasn't novel or compelling, and, since the art was some of Jones's earlier work, I was (admittedly unfairly) underwhelmed, because Jones's art has somehow continuously improved with each new issue of Lady Killer. ...more
Cee.Elizabeth
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun read. Nothing game changing by any means. I picked it up because a) I loved Lady Killer (by Joelle Jones) and b) I'm into vintage and loved the styling on the cover ...more
Chris
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing transcendent, but fun propulsive story.
Nate
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Joelle Jones is a talented and interesting artist and this noir story plays to her strengths but Rich's story doesn't really hold up its end of the bargain. ...more
Karina
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a simple noir story with a clear ending, but it was anything besides boring. The art really fits well, too. Author Rich and artist Jones work well together here.
Marissa
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix, crime
Even though I'm a really big fan of crime fiction and of graphic novels, books like this one make me feel like comics are just not really the best format to write crime fiction in. This puzzles me because one of the things I like most about crime fiction is how economical and spare the prose in it often is, which should be a natural fit with the comics genre, and comics have so much in common with film, which obviously lends itself marvelously to the noir genre.

I would also point out that there
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Jeremy
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
That was great fun. I just finished listening to the entire run of Jack Webb's Pat Novak: For Hire. Look there's nothing original about detective noirs. I'm not even sure it was original the first time around. Originality isn't what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a kind of false nostalgia for a time when men were men and dames were dames and smokey bars and crooked cops and everyone has a scotch and a razor wit.

This fits the genre and is beautiful to look at. I'm looking for more like it and
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Don
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Pat
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting story but something that felt that I have read or seen elsewhere.
A standard tough guy private eye a beautiful dame searching for her missing sister.
The main character was somewhat interesting but I would have liked to know more about his background and why he rejected the family money for being a PI.
The art was ok but I personally am more fond of more realistic and less cartoony work. The artist did tell the story clearly so my issue is strictly personal preference.
Jennifer
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a solid, concise mystery. I really enjoyed it, and the tone set by the art works very well. It's in the spirit of "L'Aventura" - the classic Italian mystery movie. Only I think the ending here is much more satisfying. (To be fair, L'Aventura wasn't about solving the mystery, but how some people cope with the loss. But doesn't the audience always want to know who did it?) ...more
Jake Forbes
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Square chins, curvy broads and sharp tongues. Rich and Jones have crafted a loving tribute to detective noir that makes gorgeous use of black and white art and packs an airtight mystery to boot. The only thing dampening my enthusiasm a bit is personal taste in noir -- this book celebrates the form, whereas I'm more drawn to the madness. ...more
Sören Gerdau
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Since I'm quite a fan of the kind of movies and literature this book pays an homage to I really wanted to like it. And as a concept, with general artwork and framing, I do. But still, it came off as a slight disappointment. Neither story nor charachters were really that interesting, and the drawings seemed a little clumsy too. ...more
Barrett
to be fair, I've never been really into noir/detective/crime stories. this one was a fast read, but sometimes I had a hard time figuring out who was who ... and the b/w format definitely didn't help delineate. I wonder if a two color print job (black and red) would've helped? either way, a good read for a cross country plane ride. ...more
Lee
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The art work was pretty cool. I had a hard time getting into the story, I never realized how much lettering in a comic can make a huge difference in how engaging it is. I think there might have been one bolded word, and that was it, the rest was bland and monotonous. It was a quick read and not a total waste of time.
Alicia
I usually dig noir books. The story was solid. I enjoyed it. The illustrations were a bit spotty, though. Sometimes they amazed me a what they could evoke with a line; sometimes they made me laugh with a disproportionate block hand.
Frank
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I like Noir, so I'm not sure why this one didn't click with me a bit more. To be sure, it was nothing special...a standard convoluted plot, some decent "cool" lines from the gumshoe, but even still I think I should've liked this one more than I did.

Not terrible though.
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Rich is an author of both prose (Cut My Hair, I Was Someone Dead, and The Everlasting) and comics (the two-volume series Love the Way You Love; the Spell Checkers series). His third full-length novel, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, was released by Oni Press in the summer of 2007. He regularly collaborates with artist Joelle Jones, including the Oni graphic novels 12 Reasons Why I Love Her and ...more

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