Maggy has been without a job in London for two years. Her neighbor sets her up as a secretary to Mr. Wight, an alcoholic private investigator. When he sends her home minutes after her arrival on her first day, Maggy cleverly solves one of his cases and pockets the fee. When her boss is assaulted and hospitalized, Maggy is left to her own devices.
Maggy Garrisson is a great British detective noir. Maggy is a flawed female lead, which is a nice change from Chandler and Hammett’s sexism. Maggy is also going down some mean streets with thugs and thieves aplenty.
This comic is highly recommended for fans of hard-boiled private detective fiction. Even the art is dark in the world of Maggy Garrisson. 4 stars!
Thanks to the publisher, Europe Comics, and NetGalley for a copy.
Posted in Graphic Novel, Mystery & Thrillers Tagged with: hardboiled, May 17 2018
If the films Metropolis and The Big Sleep had a baby, it would look just like this book’s plot.
Ray Electromatic, the last robot in a world that used to be full of them, was programmed to be a private investigator…but killing pays better. His handler, a computer named Ada, gives him his work orders. She also wipes his memory each night. His most recent job was saving a mafia Don from a restaurant bloodbath a la The Godfather. Once done, he is offered another job by the Don. Ray is then involved in a mysterious scheme involving car chases, fake identities and plenty of murder.
Originally, I thought this was a parody of 1940’s hard-boiled detectives utilizing a kitschy robot. However, it is much more than that. There is real science fiction world building in this novel. It is as if steampunk continued growing until the mid-1960’s. The setting and atmosphere are equally gritty and consistent. The plot has the same exuberance for the future as steampunk stories do. The mystery was good though the resolution was a bit obvious (at least to someone who has read as many mysteries as I have). I loved that, though the main plot line was solved, there was a subplot left to be resolved in the next book in the series. I can’t wait!
I would recommend this book to hard-boiled detective fans but especially to those who enjoy steampunk thrillers like Leviathan and Kraken.
Thanks to the publisher, Tor Books, and netgalley for an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers, Science Fiction Tagged with: hardboiled, Robot, steampunkish