Violent Cases, Paperback Book

Violent Cases Paperback

Illustrated by Dave McKean

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Before The Sandman, there was Violent Cases, the first teaming of multi award-winning writer Neil Gaiman and innovative artist Dave McKean.

A sensitive and ingenious work, Violent Cases reveals the often murky nexus between memory and imagination through the narrator's cloudy childhood remembrance of a visit to Al Capone's osteopath -- and the impact of his seedy stories on a impressionable youth.

Now Violent Cases is available with a stunning new cover by McKean and revised interior colour to accurately reflect the artist's vision.

Contains adult themes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781852869595

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I stumbled upon Gaiman's earlier work through his novel "Coraline", which I really liked. But wow, this book really blew my mind and stuck with me.It starts as an account by someone who recalls early childhood memories: birthday parties, his father, a doctor visit... But, just like memories, once you think about them, it all becomes blurred, fragmented, distorted, and yet some details are very clear. Dave McKean draws this brilliantly. His imagery for this tale fits the meaning perfectly.Read it slowly, take it in, the colours, the words, the atmosphere... The last page will leave your breathless.

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McKean's art gets 5 stars. Gaiman's story was ho-hum.

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