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Tardi, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Translator: Doug Headline

Run Like Crazy Run like Hell

On sale date: February 8, 2015

In the latest Machette-Tardi neo-noir graphic novel, an industrialist hires a nanny out of an asylum, planning to use her as a scapegoat; then things go horribly wrong.

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. Michel 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 nephew 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 nephew and use Julie as a scapegoat. 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.


"Tardi's atmospheric visuals, with their inky line work and solid compositions, are perfectly suited to Manchette's noirish milieu. The cartooniness of his figures, juxtaposed against the soundly realistic settings, perfectly matches the matter-of-factly over-the-top nature of this blackest of mordantly comedic capers." — Gordon Flagg - Booklist

"The French master Jacques Tardi's Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell is a model of compressed, efficient storytelling, embellished by his gritty and expressive line work. ...[I]t evokes the mood of such stellar cinematic hard-boiled noir crime dramas as Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly and Boorman's Point Blank." — Don O'Mahony - Irish Examiner

"Tardi has a much deserved reputation not only as a master of the pen, but also as a meticulous researcher, I'm confident that Manchette would praise Tardi's Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell as the outstanding book it is." — Christopher Forsley - Popmatters

"Tardi's relentlessly paced adaptation of Manchette's novel The Mad and the Bad presents readers with a fascinating noir tale that is as bleak as it is brilliant. ... Tardi (It Was the War of the Trenches) is a revered comics master in his native France, and his illustrations here tell us so much about how complex these characters are. The occasional juxtapositions of the cartoonish and the grotesque imbue the narrative with a grim, sardonic humor. Readers can expect the type of story promised by the title in this heart-pounding narrative. [Starred review]" — Publishers Weekly

"Each page looks besmirched with the muck and grime of the French countryside -- or, eventually, with brains, blood and gnarly bits of bone. The book's centrepiece, a chaotic chase scene through a crowded town square and supermarket, reads like a master class in comic-book storytelling. This is a fine, tough, bloody one." — Sean Rogers - The Globe and Mail


Black & white
7.7" × 10.8"