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Streets of Paris, Streets of Murder is the first of two volumes presenting all four hardboiled crime graphic novels (one of which has never before been collected in English!) by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi in a luxurious oversize format.
In the never-before-collected Griffu, Gerard Griffu was a legal advisor, not a private eye, but even he knew that when the sultry blonde with the pouty lips and the slit skirt suddenly appeared in his office after hours, he shouldn’t trust her — and she didn’t disappoint. What follows is a rapid series of twist and turns that ensnares Griffu in a deadly web of sexual betrayal, real estate fraud, and murder.
West Coast Blues, meanwhile, details the sudden and violent turn of events that occur when a young sales executive goes to the aid of an accident victim and finds himself sucked into a spiral of violence involving an exiled war criminal and two hired assassins. Forced to jettison his family and his comfortable middle-class life for a disorienting life on the run, George Gerfaut finally finds an ally and returns to settle up with his pursuers — with brutal, bloody interest.
In both novels, Tardi doesn’t shy from the frequently grisly goings-on, and his style infuses Manchette’s dark stories with a seething, malevolent energy while maintaining the mordant wit that characterizes his best work. These are the kinds of graphic novels that Quentin Tarantino would love — they’re like a double shot of Scotch for any fan of unrelenting, uncompromising crime fiction. In addition, this volume offers a bonus 21-page uncompleted story by Manchette and Tardi as well as a single page introduction to another incomplete story, both appearing in English for the first time