Noche Roja

Overview

In the tradition of Chinatown and L.A. Confidential, writer Simon Oliver explores a hidden world of corruption where money, sex, politics and crime all add up to the same thing.

In the desert just south of the border, young women are turning up murdered. No suspects. No clues. And authorities seem uninterested in uncovering any. When ex-private eye Jack Cohen is hired to find one missing girl, he is drawn back into the shadow world between North and South. And there, he must ...

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Overview

In the tradition of Chinatown and L.A. Confidential, writer Simon Oliver explores a hidden world of corruption where money, sex, politics and crime all add up to the same thing.

In the desert just south of the border, young women are turning up murdered. No suspects. No clues. And authorities seem uninterested in uncovering any. When ex-private eye Jack Cohen is hired to find one missing girl, he is drawn back into the shadow world between North and South. And there, he must face the terrible tragedy in his past that he’s been running from all these years. Featuring the gritty, stylized artwork of Jason Latour, NOCHE ROJA is an gripping noir tale of how the insatiable craving for cheap consumer goods leads to the ultimate cheapening of life itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This detective noir takes for its setting and situation the violence of a nameless Mexican border city, where an increasing number of young women who work in the local factories keep turning up dead. If that sounds familiar, well, it looks a lot like Juarez, where such deaths really have been taking place in recent years. The story is well told, with numerous twists and turns that lead us eventually to a killer. Yet the current-day setting actually requires the reality of the border violence to be lightened up in order to fit the frame of a detective story. In tales of undercover investigations, corrupt politicians, and sexual perversion, part of the detective-story thrill is in the revelation of an underworld much darker than we'd previously imagined. Though Jack Cohen, the hard-living detective hired to look into the deaths of several young women, has a dark past and determinedly uncovers the secret lives of those around him, it still seems quaint that he's actually able to solve these murders, unlike the real world of Juarez. Even so, Oliver tells a gripping tale, and rising star Latour's drawing style is appropriately dark and brooding, his lines hard-edged enough to convey the brutality of the world he illustrates. (Feb.)
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"Simon Oliver deftly merges traditional noir with a torn-from-the-headlines story.  Jason Latour's stark artwork conveys the bleak setting perfectly.   
Noir is timeless, and this book proves it!"
–– Christos Gage, writer of AREA 10 and Avengers Academy
 
“The beating and bloody heart of classic noir. With stark, journalistic detail, Oliver and LaTour show us a place where the one thing no one can afford is a conscience.”
 –– Christopher Farnsworth, author of Blood Oath
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401215354
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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