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This is the second of two volumes presenting all four hardboiled graphic crime novels by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Tardi.
Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot — Like many of the greatest noir thrillers, it all begins with a classic set-up: Martin Terrier, killer-for-hire, needs just one more big job so that he can turn in his guns for good and return home to marry his childhood sweetheart. But nothing goes as planned. His "last job" turns out to be a trap that results in a bloody shoot-out from which Terrier barely escapes with his life. Soon, he's on the run — not only from the authorities and his treacherous ex-clients, but also from a crime syndicate seeking revenge for an earlier hit on one of theirs.
Run Like Crazy, Run Like Hell — Philanthropist Michael Hartog hires Julie, just out of a psychiatric asylum, as a nanny. But his apparent act of kindness hides a dark motive: he plans to fake the kidnapping of his son, Peter — and frame Julie for it.
But Julie is no pushover, and the scam goes horribly, blood-spatteringly wrong. Suddenly, Julie and Peter are on the run, pursued by the police — and by Hartog's enforcer, the hulking contract killer, Thompson. Thompson, one of Manchette’s most vivid and unforgettable creations, is a golem of Terminator-like tenacity who shrugs off physical punishment that would kill a lesser man. Beneath its breathtaking pace, stylized violence, and pitch-black humor, Run Like Crazy, Run Like Hell pulses with a strong current of socio-political satire. It's a roller-coaster ride to hell — and a devilishly fun way to get there!
"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