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99 DAYS is the story of Antoine Boshoso Davis, who is living the dream as a rookie homicide detective for the LAPD. But 12 years ago he was living a nightmare. As a young Hutu in Rwanda, Antoine was forced to become a child soldier with the rebel Hutu militia. Like so many others he was caught up in the slaughter of a country gone insane—murdering scores of men, womenand children with a machete.

Antoine eventually fled Rwanda to LA, was raised ...

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Overview

99 DAYS is the story of Antoine Boshoso Davis, who is living the dream as a rookie homicide detective for the LAPD. But 12 years ago he was living a nightmare. As a young Hutu in Rwanda, Antoine was forced to become a child soldier with the rebel Hutu militia. Like so many others he was caught up in the slaughter of a country gone insane—murdering scores of men, womenand children with a machete.

Antoine eventually fled Rwanda to LA, was raised by an adoptive family into a quiet, sensitive man with a deep need for justice—so he joined the LAPD.

But when a serial killer starts stalking the African American residents of LA—murdering them with a machete—Antoine discovers that his past has come back to haunt him.

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Unflinchingly grim, this police noir story shows L.A. descending into hell. Random attacks by a machete-wielding killer are panicking the South Central ghetto and giving the Crips and Bloods an excuse to go gunning for each other—while a ghoulishly cynical radio host cheerleads the violence. LAPD detective Antoine Davis is all too familiar with machete slayings because he was forced to be a child soldier during the 1994 civil/tribal war in Rwanda, when the Hutus attempted to exterminate all Tutsis. Later adopted into an American family, he wants to believe he is safe from that horror, but his calm outlook begins to unravel as the scenes of brutality in front of him are interrupted by memories of the atrocities he participated in. Casali's smart, full-flavored script is as dense with details as a prose novel. Donaldson's art initially looks stiff and flat, but by the end it has become hauntingly convincing, too, as the ghosts from Antoine's past intrude into his present. A harrowing, compelling look at what human beings are willing to do to each other. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401230890
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,531,091
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    Brutal but decent crime thriller!

    Another installment in the Vertigo Crime line and another pretty good book. I still have a problem with the price for what it is size-wise. Here, Matteo Casali tells the story of a former Rwandan who grew up in the middle of genocide and now has memories flying back to him in the middle of his new life as a LAPD Detective. The story is decent but the twist was predictable and the overall narration by a local radio shock job as grating and would have been better served as a small dose. I feel we could have known the main characters more with more from them. The book is very brutal and graphic but that's what you expect from Vertigo Crime. The art, by Krisian Donaldson was really good. The black and white palette made the book more ominous in my opinion and it really worked. Overall, this was pretty good but not spectacular.

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