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Torso by Brian Michael Bendis
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Jun 09, 2017

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bookshelves: 2017, age-adult, graphic-novels, non-fiction

Eliot Ness has arrived in Chicago just in time to jump in on a new case: a serial killer who leaves only the torso of his victims. With no heads or hands for identification, the case isn't going anywhere fast. Ness also has to deal with corruption in the police force, and has gone on a firing spree, which has pissed off the higher ups, including a man who wants this torso killer nonsense cleared up before he runs for mayor.

Featuring actual photos of the city and crime scenes in the background of the comics, the art had a stylized 30's feel to it. The dialogue was riddled with 30's slang, too, which gave a feel for the time period even if I didn't always understand exactly what was being said. Of course, this didn't have a very satisfactory ending, as the real torso killer was never brought to justice. This left you with a sense that you knew who the killer was, but the politics of the situation made it impossible. The dramatic climax would have been better if the art had been clearer. In any case, it was an interesting way to read about a true crime event.

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Reading Progress

June 7, 2017 – Started Reading
June 7, 2017 – Shelved
June 8, 2017 – Finished Reading
June 9, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
June 9, 2017 – Shelved as: age-adult
June 9, 2017 – Shelved as: graphic-novels
June 9, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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