Nowadays I don't get out of bed for less than a murder.
I don't get out of bed much...Until today.' 'Private Researcher' Fernandez Britten is the messenger who would view being shot as a blessing.
The years spent uncovering people's secret dramas and helping to confirm their darkest suspicions have taken their toll.
Battered by remorse over the lives he has ruined, he clings to the hope of redemption through delivering, just once, a truth with a positive impact.
It's a hope he has been clinging to for a long time. And so Britten and his 'unconventional' partner, Brulightly, take on the case of suicide Berni Kudos.
At least, suicide was the official verdict. His fiancee, Charlotte Maughton, believes his death was something more sinister.
Blackmail, revenge, murder: desperate acts are exposed, and this is no tree-lined avenue to justice.
Each new revelation stirs the muddy waters of a family's dark secrets, and each fresh twist takes them further from that elusive redemption.
There are murder mysteries and there are murder mysteries, but this is a noir where nothing is black and white.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 104 pages, chiefly ill
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/04/2008
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9780224077903
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews.
Review by clfisha
Astonishing debut noir comic/graphic novel. This is a truly great piece of noir enhanced with some perfect artwork (think subdued "rain washed" painting). We follow a PI (known as the heartbreaker for his unfailing honesty) and his bizarre wisecracking partner as he becomes embroiled in a complex murder case, one which starts to connect with his past. So far nothing new? Ah its so much more than a riveting whodunit, Berry manages to weave heavy noir themes such as depression and redemption with wonderful oddity and some lovely puns. It's a deeply sad and touching tale, but a very beautiful one.
Review by twonickels
Somewhere in between baffling and brilliant. The art is stunning and perfectly suits the tone of the narrative. Features some great old-school noir lines – the kind that make me want to put on some bright red lipstick and a hardboiled gumshoe accent and say hardened, brilliant things. But I still have NO idea why he was a teabag.
Review by capriciousreader
I picked this up on a whim at the library for a quick weekend read. The illustrations looked gorgeous and dark and spooky. I just had to give it a try.At the heart of this gorgeously drawn graphic-novel is private eye Fernández Britten, a hardened and disillusioned man who talks to his tea bag. Yes, you read that right, HIS TEA BAG. He is THAT. LONELY. Britten has been beaten down by his life of exposing jealous lovers, destroying relationships and exposing the ugly truths his clients pay him to unearth. Britten clings to only one hope, that someday he will reveal a truth that will do some good in someone’s life.Then Britten and Brülightly take on the mysterious death of Berni Kudos. The official verdict was suicide, but Berni’s fiancée thinks differently. As Britten uncovers the many layers of lies covering the truth, the more dangerous things become for him. Blackmail. Revenge. Murder. It’s all there, in stunning black and white. And Britten discovers that doing the right thing, may mean more than just telling the truth.Did I mention that the illustrations in this book are stunning? Seriously, they are STUNNING people. It’s very film noir-ish, in my opinion. It felt like watching an old, black and white film, with maybe James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart. And don’t let the fact that the main character talks to a tea bag. It works in the context of the story. It didn’t feel weird at all. It just made me feel even sadder for what was an obviously lonely and thoughtful man. It was great fun and I think if you like graphic novels, or heck, film noir, you would enjoy this wonderful graphic novel.
Review by AHS-Wolfy
Charlotte Maughton, daughter of the head of a successful publishing house, has just lost her fiancé to an apparent suicide. She doesn't believe it was but the police do, so she hires private investigator (or researcher as he prefers to be called) Fernandez Brtitten to look into things for her. Fern has a good reputation to go along with a nickname of the Heartbreaker from when he used to look into cases of cheating spouse's as no matter which way the case went there would always be someone that wouldn't be happy with the outcome. Nowadays, Fern only gets out of bed for a murder and Charlotte's case looks like it might have possibilities and so he begins his investigation along with his unconventional partner, a tea-bag called Stuart Brülightly. A couple of potential leads spring out readily enough so off the pair set to try and uncover the truth of the matter.This graphic novel is written and drawn in classic noir style. Full of sepia tones and internal ruminations. The only fault I have with this is the cursive font used for Britten's thoughts, they're a bit hard to read at times and you have to go over them a couple of times to discern what's being said. Overall this is a very dark and atmospheric story with light-hearted interjections being provided by the teabag which I enjoyed immensely. Definitely recommended to fans of either noir or the darker shade of comic books.
Review by librarybrandy
Sharp writing and fantastic artwork, with a plot that gets muddy and convoluted at the end and lettering that is, at times, a struggle to decipher. Worth a read for noir fans.