Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

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Welcome to the city of Red Wheelbarrow, where the world's greatest detective has yet to meet the crime he can't solve―every criminal in Red Wheelbarrow is caught and convicted thanks to Detective Gould's brilliant mind and cutting-edge spy technology.
But lately there has been a rash of crimes so eccentric and random that even Detective Gould is stumped. Will he discover the connection between the compulsive chair thief, the novelist who uses purloined street signs to write her magnum opus, and the photographer who secretly documents peoples' most anguished personal moments? Or will Detective Gould finally meet his match?
Matt Kindt operates with wit and perception in the genre of hard-boiled crime fiction. Red Handed owes as much to Paul Auster as Dashiell Hammett, and raises some genuinely sticky questions about human nature.

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Matt Kindt (Red Handed) is the award-winning writer and artist of the graphic novels Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip. He is currently the writing monthly comics for DC Comics and is writing and drawing his own monthly comic, MIND MGMT, for Dark Horse. Critically-acclaimed, Kindt's work has been nominated for four Eisner Awards and three Harvey Awards and listed in Time magazine's best graphic novels (2001) and Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels (Super Spy). Matt Kindt lives in Webster Groves, Missouri. Red Handed is his most recent graphic novel.

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*Starred Review* In the city of Red Wheel Barrow, crime is on the rise—though no case goes unsolved, thanks to the brilliant, restless mind of Detective Gould. The offbeat nature of the lawbreaking (a woman steals chairs, a novelist lifts words for her book, a Peeping Tom sabotages elevators to get his thrills) could easily be played for yuks, but Kindt goes deeper, turning the seemingly random episodes into a rumination on the nature of crime itself. What is crime? Is there crime without victims? This fascinating work recalls Kindt’s earlier efforts (2 Sisters, 2004; Super Spy, 2007), combining his love for the trappings of crime fiction and nostalgia for the conventions of comic-book serials with an offbeat artistry and sly humor. Panels are precisely composed with casual line work and a muted color palette that reveals the texture of the paper. Newspaper clippings, imageless scenes of dialogue, and stylistic riffs (postcards, paperbacks, comics) keep things fresh and surprising. As characters recur (in particular, a real-estate agent named Tess), the story builds to a wonderfully structured and surprisingly affecting climax in which Gould is forced to confront the idea of preventing, rather than merely solving, crime. If David Lynch scripted Dick Tracy it might—might—be as great as this. --Keir Graff

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