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To Have and To Hold

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Couched in the traditional trappings of a noir heist thriller, Graham Chaffee’s To Have and To Hold is a hard-boiled disquisition on the darker regions of married life and the American Dream. Set in October 1962, while the world holds its collective breath awaiting the possibly apocalyptic climax of the unfolding Cuban Missile Crisis, the banality of everyday life goes on, as Lonnie and Kate Ross confront their own domestic cold war. As Kate, frustrated and disillusioned, looks outside her marriage for satisfaction, Lonnie’s justifiable suspicions of his wife’s infidelity lead him down a deadly road of increasing paranoia and violence as he seeks to reclaim what he’s lost. Possession, jealousy, lust, and betrayal — the classic ingredients for a rocky marriage in an America on the verge of nuclear apocalypse. Masterfully paced and drawn in Chaffee’s fluid, inky brushstrokes, To Have and To Hold captures the pulpy, nocturnal atmosphere of classic noir.
Pages:
202
Colors:
black & white
Format:
Softcover
Dimensions:
8.25" x 10.25"
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-988-2
Year:
2017

Press Highlights:

"Chaffee seamlessly depicts haggard, world-weary figures and heavy black ink shadows against stark whites, and his storytelling has a sinewy strength. It’s a first-rate drama." — Booklist

"Over the course of 200 chiaroscuro pages, Chaffee puts his spin on the classic heist story through deeply-articulated characters and a black-and-white style perfectly matched to the subject matter." — The Comics Journal

"Graham Chaffee’s To Have and To Hold is a clipped, tight, pugnacious crime novel based around a bank robbery. Set at the start of the 1960s, it hits all the noir notes—double crosses, a femme fatale and the closing in of remorseless fate are all present and correct." — Herald Scotland

"Altogether, an excellent story that shows you the thin line between love and hate gets razor sharp when it comes to crime and money." — Graphic Policy

"Like the best noir creators on page and film, Chaffee makes us not care that the ending shows before the first scene’s over. He does it through high-contrast black-and-white drawing, not-quite-caricatural rendering of faces, and constantly shifting points of view and angles of regard." — Booklist


Read Chaffee's interview with The Comics Journal

Listen to Chaffee's appearance on The Virtual Memories Show

Couched in the traditional trappings of a noir heist thriller, Graham Chaffee’s To Have and To Hold is a hard-boiled disquisition on the darker regions of married life and the American Dream. Set in October 1962, while the world holds its collective breath awaiting the possibly apocalyptic climax of the unfolding Cuban Missile Crisis, the banality of everyday life goes on, as Lonnie and Kate Ross confront their own domestic cold war. As Kate, frustrated and disillusioned, looks outside her marriage for satisfaction, Lonnie’s justifiable suspicions of his wife’s infidelity lead him down a deadly road of increasing paranoia and violence as he seeks to reclaim what he’s lost. Possession, jealousy, lust, and betrayal — the classic ingredients for a rocky marriage in an America on the verge of nuclear apocalypse. Masterfully paced and drawn in Chaffee’s fluid, inky brushstrokes, To Have and To Hold captures the pulpy, nocturnal atmosphere of classic noir.

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