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This strikingly designed box set of Streets of Paris, Streets of Murder Volumes 1 & 2 contains the complete collection of all four hardboiled crime graphic novels (one of which has never before been collected in English!) by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi — plus bonus material — in a luxurious oversize format.
Volume 1 contains Griffu, a deadly web of sexual betrayal, real estate fraud, and murder; and West Coast Blues, the story of a young sales executive suddenly forced to flee from his comfortable middle-class life and family when he is sucked into a spiral of violence orchestrated by a war criminal and two hired assassins.
Volume 2 contains Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, the "last job" of a killer-for-hire who finds himself on the run from the authorities, his treacherous ex-clients, and a crime syndicate seeking revenge; and Run Like Crazy, Run Like Hell, the story of a scam gone horribly, blood-spatteringly wrong and a roller-coaster ride to hell — and a devilishly fun way to get there!
In addition, Volume 1 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.
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.
"The stories in Streets of Paris are absorbing, enigmatic, counterintuitive, and sometimes offbeat. The images don't just echo the narrative, they propel it forward, convey mood, and expanded my notion of the types of stories that noir can tell." — Kirkus
"Tardi's noir depictions of 1950s Paris capture the city's landscape, eliciting the appropriate sense of foreboding." — Publishers Weekly
"What stays with you is Tardi's ability to conjure up Paris on the page. It's a vision of Parisian stone, rain, desire and death." — Herald Scotland