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Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych
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Oct 07, 2010

really liked it
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Read in October, 2010

This was an interesting graphic novel that takes the hard-boiled private eye story and moves it into some interesting and unexplored territory. Frank Grissel is a PI in San Francisco in the early 1950's. He hits all of the usual genre markers: he's a womanizer, habitual drinker, and has disrespect for authority figures, but there's a twist that separates Grissel from the normal PI, he's attracted to men and women, living with his female secretary while at the same time prowling for men in the city parks at night. This adds a twist to Grissel's search for a missing child when it leads to a seedy faux ministry and it's connection to a millionaire industrialist setting up black market gender adjustment operations. If this sounds a little contrived to you, it works pretty well in the book, the artwork is well drawn and the storyline pulls together in the end to cover all the bases. Fans of noir fiction who are looking for an entryway into the world of graphic novels might find this an intriguing story.

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