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"Things just can't get any worse for Antonio Mercer. A private eye by trade, a dame from his past has re-surfaced in his life as a client along with all of the emotional baggage he thought he'd left behind forever. Of course, this unusual client doesn't have just any case - her family is mixed up... Full description

Main Author: Rich, Jamie S.
Other Authors: Jones, Joëlle.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Portland, Or. : Oni, 2009
Edition: 1st ed.
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Things just can't get any worse for Antonio Mercer. A private eye by trade, a dame from his past has re-surfaced in his life as a client along with all of the emotional baggage he thought he'd left behind forever. Of course, this unusual client doesn't have just any case - her family is mixed up with seriously dangerous people and the body count is just starting to pile up!


Review by Booklist Review

Rich and Jones' tough-guy PI story reeks noir, what with a 1940s San Francisco setting à la The Maltese Falcon, characters à la The Big Sleep (Chandler), and a gun-blasting climax à la The Lady from Shanghai. Nothing is outright stolen, and borrowing from such sources becomes high flattery when it's brought off right. And this caper ain't bad. Tony Mercer agrees to find wealthy Jenny Roman's sister, Julie, gone missing days before her wedding. The sisters were hardly of a kind. Mercer oughta know, since he and Julie were once an item. (Huh? Well, y' see, Tony comes from money that he stomped away from; call this sequel setup.) Julie was pretty good, while Jenny was . . . not. Tony travels a tortuous and torturous (ouch!) trail to find out how not. Plot twists aplenty, shady characters, typical crime-novel settings (racetrack, roadhouse, etc.), movie-ish visual ploys (irises, fuzzy fade-in when Tony comes round from getting conked on the noggin), and high-contrast black and white rather than color make for a pretty gratifying graphic roman noir.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2009 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

1930s-era gumshoe Antonio Mercer finds himself screwed over from all angles when he accepts a missing persons case in which the disappeared dame is his ex-lover. Hired by her equally hot sister, Mercer faces down a number of tough guys, running the gamut from cops, both honest and bent, to gamblers, mob bosses and even short-tempered and knife-wielding musicians, while following the gal's trail, but nothing is ever as it seems. Building to a stark and bizarre conclusion, the team of Rich (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Food Chain) and Jones (Fables) have clearly learned from the noir genre, both filmic and pulp based, and have crafted a riveting successor. Tense and intriguing from start to finish, this is a solid piece of detective fiction coupled with a wholly appropriate and stark visual style that evokes the bygone days of Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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