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4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly dames used cars and angry ex football stars, 12 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Filthy Rich (Paperback)
A graphic novel in a volume with A5 sized pages. It runs for one hundred and ninety six pages, and it tells a complete story in one volume. A story of crime in film noir style.

It comes with the label 'suggested for mature readers' on it. And this is a fairly grim and gritty piece of work, with strong language, violence, and a few scenes of an adult nature. So it's strictly for over eighteens.

It's set in America in the 1960's, and it's the story of Rich Junkin. Who narrates it in the first person, via copious thought panels. Once an american football star with a glittering career ahead of him, that was all cut short by injury. And now he's trying to earn a living as a used car salesman.

Trouble is, he's not very good at that.

What he is good at is losing his temper and winning in fights. Thus his boss asks him to look after his daughter Victoria. Darling of the New York club scene and a lady who is frequently in the headlines. For the wrong reasons. Rich isn't supposed to let her know what he's there to do, but Victoria is a smart girl and wilful with it. And when she gets into trouble, Rich is sent down a path from which there may be no turning back....

The style of the period is superbly recreated. And Rich is a strong central character who really grounds the story. This isn't a mystery tale as there's no detection here, it's more a thriller. And a pretty good one it is. It does manage to grab your interest and make you turn the pages rapidly, desperate to find how things will turn out. Which is the mark of good storytelling.

The art is in black and white and has a good style which suits the needs of the tale. Although many of the male characters dress in similar styles and the panels where violence takes place are rather dark and bloody thus it can be a little difficult to pick up on the occasional detail.

But this is a good thriller in a classic style and well worth a look if you like that kind of thing.
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Filthy Rich HC (Vertigo Crime) by Brian Azzarello (Hardcover - 19 Aug 2009)
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