Rat Catcher

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New York Times bestselling-author Andy Diggle creates a tale of the FBI’s manhunt for a peerless assassin who specializes in silencing mob informants hidden deep within the Witness Protection Program.

But the Rat Catcher has finally slipped up — and one washed-up FBI agent has one last chance to hunt him down before he disappears again forever. As the two men spiral in towards each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that plays out across the badlands of West Texas, each of ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling-author Andy Diggle creates a tale of the FBI’s manhunt for a peerless assassin who specializes in silencing mob informants hidden deep within the Witness Protection Program.

But the Rat Catcher has finally slipped up — and one washed-up FBI agent has one last chance to hunt him down before he disappears again forever. As the two men spiral in towards each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that plays out across the badlands of West Texas, each of them hides a deadly secret from the other — a secret that could destroy them both.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It's no surprise that this entry in the Vertigo Crime line reads a lot like a gritty action movie; Diggle is also the author of The Losers. The structure of both works is quite similar, with the requisite action set pieces and betrayals to keep the reader on his toes. Instead of soldiers, the story focuses on federal agents. The eponymous villain is a legendary assassin, specializing in taking out mob informants under witness protection. An aging FBI agent by the name of Moses Burden has been on his trail for years, and it is only after a botched hit in the Texas badlands that he finally has a chance to stop the Rat Catcher once and for all. The big twist that comes near the halfway point, while far from unpredictable, is still intriguing and drives on to the bitterly ironic ending. It is only after flipping past the last page that the lack of character development and senselessness of several subplots becomes apparent. With its crisp artwork and punchy dialogue, Rat Catcher is a brisk and bloody good time in spite of itself. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews

A rat catcher catches rats (informers) for the mob, but in this dark graphic novel it's an art to separate the rats from the cats.

Miguel Fuentes is a bred-in-the-bone, certified rat. That much is unambiguous. One glance at Ibañez's drawing of him, and you know he's got a deplorable character. Beady-eyed, he looks like he'd take out his own mother if there was a buck in it. He'd been laundering drug money for the Rawlins mob—low-lifepeople indeed—until the government's trap snapped shut on him. Having agreed to testify against his former associates, he's stashed in an FBI safe house, waiting to vanish into the witness-protection program, his quid pro quo. Miguel should have known better. In no time, a designated Rawlins rat catcher is torching the so-called safe house with a roasted Miguel inside, while outside a pair of Texas state troopers observe phlegmatically. Enter a visibly upset and excited black man. Holding out his wallet, he identifies himself as "Special Agent Moses Burdon, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," adding that two of his colleagues had been posted as Miguel's minders and are now, in all probability, sharing his fate. But Ibanez's depiction of Moses must be meant as foreshadowing, for the drawings of his face depict great suffering. So what's going on here? Is Moses not the straightforward cat he purports to be? Is he, instead, a closet rat? Ambiguity meets more ambiguity, and as the story progresses the reader comes to realize that only the artwork is black and white.

Diggle's (The Losers: Book Two, 2010, etc.) taut, fast-moving narrative and Ibañez's in-your-face, Will Eisner–like artwork combine in a remarkably entertaining tale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401230630
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,098,186
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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