Bronx Kill HC

Bronx Kill HC

by Peter Milligan, James Romberger
     
 

Martin Keane is a literary writer whose second novel just received scathing reviews. He has a police officer father he can barely stand - a man who couldn't be more different from. But he decides to combine the two together for his next book, a historical cop thriller which he hopes will give him the chance to work through his family issues and cope with his past.

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Overview

Martin Keane is a literary writer whose second novel just received scathing reviews. He has a police officer father he can barely stand - a man who couldn't be more different from. But he decides to combine the two together for his next book, a historical cop thriller which he hopes will give him the chance to work through his family issues and cope with his past. Then, suddenly, Martin's wife disappears without a trace. And even as people start suspecting Martin himself might be responsible, he knows there's much more to it than that. He's sure there are clues to her abduction that he's overlooking, ones which can perhaps even be found in the novel he's obsessively writing. As he and his father investigate his wife's disappearance, he'll find the truth is much more shocking than he thought - in a twist ending no one would ever dare guess.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Following the fledgling success of his first book, Martin Keane is now suffering from writer's block. His wife, Erin, encourages him to explore his family's rich Irish heritage for a source of inspiration. This puts him back in contact with his estranged father, a policeman, further complicating their relationship. He eventually decides to take a four-month sabbatical to Ireland in order to research his new book. When he gets back, all appears well—until Erin disappears. Where did she go? Is she alive? As Martin races to find the truth, he uncovers family secrets long buried in a place called "the Bronx Kill." This title attempts to integrate a few pages of prose interspersed within a mostly graphic-novel format; unfortunately, it doesn't work. The art has an almost dirty quality to it, appearing to be made up of mostly incomplete sketches. The characters, especially Martin, often have exaggerated facial expressions that make the horror of the story seem almost cartoonish in nature. The prose, which serves as a story-within-a-story, ultimately makes the tale more confusing since the graphic-novel portion already contains haphazard flashbacks of Martin's ancestors. The book's unfinished and scattered elements ultimately make it hard for readers to enjoy.—Ryan Donovan, New York Public Library
Publishers Weekly
Just because a story seems familiar doesn’t mean it can’t still grip you by the collar and haul you right along with it, no questions asked. So it is with Milligan’s taut little cop-family gothic, where the solution to the story’s central mystery is perfectly obvious well before its reveal, but there is no attendant diminution in one’s enjoyment of the plot. Martin is a weak-kneed writer from a long line of New York cops whose most recent novel has been excoriated for being self-indulgently pretentious. Desperate for real-life material, he embarks on a lengthy research trip to Ireland. Not long after he’s back, his (weirdly understanding) wife disappears. That’s when the old family skeletons rattling around in the closet start making their presence known. Romberger’s overly sketchy art keeps the story minimal, and Milligan’s prose frequently veers toward the overheated (“my family’s labyrinthine past is full of ghosts”), particularly as Martin’s new novel starts mirroring the present. But this is prime pulp, with clockwork timing and mood to spare. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401211554
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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