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Like A Sniper Lining Up His Shot Hardcover – 20 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 102 pages
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS; 01 edition (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994481
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.8 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tardi 's backgrounds and lighting effects are a realist 's dream and his action sequences and set-pieces are choreographed tighter than a drum [T]he book delivers a fastball to your face --Sean T. Collins

Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot is an EXCELLENT new hardcover graphic novel [which] ranks at the top with any hard-boiled crime fiction I've ever read. Anyone who had enjoyed Tardi's adaptation of Manchette's West Coast Blues will definitely love Like a Sniper... and if this is your introduction to Tardi and Manchette, you're in for a treat! --Ralph Mathieu"

These are two masters at their best. Crime novelist Manchette pulls no punches in delivering gritty, violent episodes that still can shock even the most jaded reader. Jacques Tardi s confident, almost brazen artwork is just as dark, cold and gripping . Get this book! --Horatio Hornblower"

[L]ovely-looking, stylish and bleak as hell.... The short third act, where we learn what becomes of the assassin, proves so ruthlessly depressing it's almost a human rights violation. Tardi's artwork is beautiful here, although you probably already knew that.... What a show. --Tom Spurgeon"

Another brilliant adaptation of a Jean-Patrick Manchette crime novel by Jacques Tardi [who] brings gritty crime to brutal, realistic life and indeed equally cold, hard unpleasant death like few others can. --Jonathan Rigby, Page 45"

Tardi s backgrounds and lighting effects are a realist s dream and his action sequences and set-pieces are choreographed tighter than a drum [T]he book delivers a fastball to your face --Sean T. Collins"

The sparseness of Manchette s prose lends itself perfectly to comics and particularly to Tardi. In turn, Tardi, in the starkest, crispest black and white, is able to capture all of Manchette s traits the increasing oddness of the unfolding plot, the perfunctory interactions of these unattractive, scowling characters, the bleak, black humour expertly on his pages. ... If you re a fan of noir or hardboiled crime comics, it doesn t get much better than this. --Cameron Ashley"


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Martin Terrier want's to retire as a sniper. He returns to his village to be rejoined with an old flame. She has changed since he left 10 years ago. Some unexpected problems occurs and he has to do one last job for his employer. If you liked "West coast blues" you will like this one too.
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I read Jacques Tardi's excellent It was the War of the Trenches before this. I was surprised to find, especially given the difference in subject, that Like a Sniper matched the high quality of that war story. Like a Sniper is about an assassin that wants to retire and unilaterally quits his syndicate but is then violently pursued by them. Witty and ironic in most parts (including its romantic interludes) but also gripping in a violence suitable to its theme. A graphic novel for adults. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 27 Jan. 2012
By Ed Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Another solid work From Tardi. I think Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot was a great adaption and worked very well as a graphic novel. The illustration and simple and clear. They supplement the story well. The plot is classic noir. Simple, cliched, you don't know exactly where it is headed, but you can be sure the general direction is down, down, down.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine crime story, well told 25 Oct. 2011
By C. R. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A fine crime story, I'm not familiar with the author's other works but as a fan of Darwyn Cooke's recent Parker series I picked this up to try something different. This is a great crime story, with an added layer of complexity as the protagonist is, more or less, an incredibly naive professional killer. There is real beauty and tragedy as he deals with life not following his plans. This is not a heroic noir. This is not hard boiled noir. This is a European crime story touched with tragedy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars pretentious and disappointing 4 Oct. 2011
By reading guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is classic french - attempting to make the noir crime novel high art, and it doesn't work. The ending falls apart in melodrama. The art is nothing spectacular, certainly not worth the praise by the publisher.
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