John Hardin is a desperate man. When a train carrying official US currency paper explodes in his town, he's the prodigious Black Diamond Detective Agency's sole suspect. John is innocent, but his wife is missing, his old friends are coming back to haunt him--with guns and explosives--and he's on the run through rural Missouri.
THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY is based on the historical journals of Arthur James Quindlen, the agency's founder. Adapted and illustrated with watercolor art by Eddie Campbell, this graphic novel brings a new perspective to that time in America when small farmers were the backbone of the country, graft was rampant, and railroads thundered through western towns.
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.04(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.49(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Eddie Campbell is the acclaimed artist behind FROM HELL, for which he won the Ignatz award for Outstanding Graphic Novel and the Eisner award for Best Graphic Album. In 2001, FROM HELL was made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp. Campbell is also the creator of the series BACCHUS and ALEC: THE KING CANUTE CROWD. His most recent work is THE FATE OF THE ARTIST, an autobiographical thriller.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At the end of the nineteenth century Chicago detectives and the US Federal Secret Service attempt to identify the criminals involved in a railroad explosion, counterfeiting, and murder. A full-colour painted graphic novel based on a screenplay.
The Black Diamond Detective Agency is a graphic novel set in the Old West. I've always been fascinated by the work of early detectives such as the Pinkerton Detectives and Texas Rangers, so I knew I'd enjoy the theme. Set in 1899, the story follows a man accused of causing a train wreck. Although the characters are sometimes difficult to follow, the story is an exciting mystery that begins in small town Missouri and ends with gangs in Chicago. The illustrations and muted colors reflect the time period. Intended for mature readers because of the violence, language, and brief nudity, I'd recommend this graphic novel for anyone who likes an Old West detective mystery.
An engaging graphic novel, beautifully painted and in a lovely paperback edition. A man with a past is framed in small town America as the century turns to 1900. The ending is pleasingly awry, avoiding the cliches by not tying things up too neatly. Dark and violent, but I didn't find it overly so. For fans of A History of Violence, Victorian mysteries, or Campbell's other work like From Hell.