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Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot

Details for this: Book
Author: Jacques Tardi; adapted from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 104
Dimensions: 7.5" x 10.75"
Colors: black & white
Year: 2011
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-448-1
Additional Details: Edited and translated by Kim Thompson

Price: $18.99

 


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Eisner Award Nominee Seal2012 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Martin Terrier, ice-cold mercenary-turned-contract-killer, has his future all mapped out: He has just executed what he intends to be his final job and is ready to move on to the next phase of his life, which involves discreet retirement accompanied by a long-lost girlfriend. But Terrier’s employers are emphatically not pleased with his decision, old enemies begin to re-emerge, and soon Terrier is forced to once again ply his brutal trade.

Five years after West Coast Blues, his acclaimed adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s Le Petit bleu de la côte ouest (a.k.a. Three to Kill), Jacques Tardi returns to the world of guns, crime, betrayal and bloodshed with this stunning, grisly, and remarkably faithful interpretation of Manchette’s last completed crime thriller. Manchette himself claimed to have written the novel in an attempt to emulate the ultraviolent, hellbent-for-leather, pitch-black ambiance of Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly, and Tardi matches him bullet for bullet and blow for blow. As The Village Voice noted of the original novel (La Position du tireur couché, released in English under the title The Prone Gunman by City Lights in 2001), “Thirty pages before the finale, it’s hard not to wonder how the book could possibly end... But the book does end, in circumstances far worse than you might easily imagine, on a note of extraordinary bleakness.”

Download and read a 10-page PDF excerpt (<1 MB), and read Kim Thompson's informative Editor's Notes on the book.

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"The economical line drawings from cartoonist Jacques Tardi work brilliantly with the terse dialogue by French noir novelist Jean-Patrick Manchette, propelling the reader into a fast-paced world where the morally reprehensible characters become increasingly pathetic." – Eleanor Goodman, Bizarre



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