A superb hard-boiled graphic-novel thriller by celebrated French cartoonist Jacques Tardi, adapted from the Didier Daeninckx novel.
Roguish investigator Eugene Varlot has been assigned to find out who is blackmailing French colonel Fantin de Larsaodiere. Is it connected with the colonel's unimpressive war record? The plot twists and turns through 1920's Paris, exposing corruption, illusion, and idealism as it leads Varlot to le der des ders.
The horrors of WWI, societal corruption, and socialist ideas are major concerns of Tardi's, and he pulls them all together with his marvellous attention to period detail and superb sense of characterization.