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After the teeth-rattling one-two punch of West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper
Lining Up His Shot, Jacques Tardi makes a third appointment with ace crime
writer Jean-Patrick Manchette for his wildest adaptation yet.
Peter Hartog, a rich industrialist, hires a troubled young woman, Julie,
straight out of the psychiatric asylum to which she has been consigned for
several years, to work as a nanny for his bratty kid Peter. But Hartog's seemingly
altruistic impulse to help rehabilitate a troubled soul hides a darker
motive: He plans to stage a fake kidnapping of his son, and use Julie as a
Unfortunately for Hartog, Julie proves infinitely more tough and resourceful
than he expected, the kidnapping goes horribly, bloodily wrong, and now
Julie and Peter are on the run, pursued both by the police and by Hartog's
goons, led by the aging but fantastically dangerous contract killer Thompson
— one of Manchette's most unforgettable creations, a golem of Terminator-like tenacity who is barely slowed down by
physical punishment that would instantly kill a lesser man (he does not end the book with the same amount of eyes
and feet as he started).
As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong
current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one.
Praise for Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot:
2012 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material
"...[L]ovely-looking, stylish and bleak as hell.... it's almost a human rights violation. Tardi's artwork is beautiful here, although you probably already knew that.... What a show." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
"...Jacques Tardi is certainly in [Alex] Toth’s league when it comes to rendering seamy genre fare with real artistry. Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot ... is a wonderfully wicked piece of work..." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Jaques Tardi has already proven with West Coast Blues that he is just the man for the job when it comes to illustrating the particular brand of noir crime Jean-Patrick Manchette so deftly dished out.... The first page grabs you roughly by the hair and the book happens in those split seconds before the last page punches your lights out." – Hayley Campbell, The Comics Journal