Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

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Welcome to the city of Red Wheelbarrow, where the world's greatest detective has yet to meet the crime he can't solve—every criminal in Red Wheelbarrow is caught and convicted thanks to Detective Gould's brilliant mind and cutting-edge spy technology.

But lately there has been a rash of crimes so eccentric and random that even Detective Gould is stumped. Will he discover the connection between the compulsive chair thief, the novelist who uses purloined street signs to write her ...

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Overview

Welcome to the city of Red Wheelbarrow, where the world's greatest detective has yet to meet the crime he can't solve—every criminal in Red Wheelbarrow is caught and convicted thanks to Detective Gould's brilliant mind and cutting-edge spy technology.

But lately there has been a rash of crimes so eccentric and random that even Detective Gould is stumped. Will he discover the connection between the compulsive chair thief, the novelist who uses purloined street signs to write her magnum opus, and the photographer who secretly documents peoples' most anguished personal moments? Or will Detective Gould finally meet his match?

Matt Kindt operates with wit and perception in the genre of hard-boiled crime fiction. Red Handed owes as much to Paul Auster as Dashiell Hammett, and raises some genuinely sticky questions about human nature.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The unusual title might leave readers a bit unsure what to expect from the latest effort by Kindt (Revolver, Super Spy). As it turns out, however, the book is nothing short of exceptional. Featuring a series of what at first seem to be unrelated crimes that take place in the fictional town of Red Wheelbarrow, the narrative slowly begins to reveal that these strange offences are, in fact, connected. Detective Gould, the investigative genius of the story, must deal with (among other things) a compulsive chair hoarder, a brilliant art thief, and an elevator repairman with a disturbing penchant for photography; but he can never be sure who is ultimately behind the surge in criminal activity. It’s a kind of homage to the detective writers of days gone by, complete with press clippings from the Red Wheelbarrow Gazette as well as recurring features like “The Detective’s Wife” and “Tess’ True Heart.” As with William Carlos Williams’s ingenious poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow,” simplicity hides much meaning. Whether it’s Kindt’s brilliant use of a muted color palette contrasting with ominous swaths of inky black or cryptic pictureless dialogue exchanges that appear at key moments, Kindt understands perfectly how to reveal his mystery to the reader. (May)
From the Publisher
"Matt Kindt is the man." — Junot Diaz

 

*"If David Lynch scripted Dick Tracy it might—might—be as great as this." — Booklist, starred review

 

"This hefty illustrated novel by a highly creative graphic artist and storyteller employs dazzling techniques in its presentation of an urban crime noir mystery." - VOYA

 

"Elegant scribbles from an electric mind." — Kirkus Reviews

VOYA - Walter Hogan
This hefty illustrated novel by a highly creative graphic artist and storyteller employs dazzling techniques in its presentation of an urban crime noir mystery. The central character, Detective Gould, is famed for catching every criminal he has pursued. Assembled around Gould are a number of quirky local characters, including: Tess, a wily performance artist; "The Tiger," a most unusual art thief; and "The Red Wheel Borrower," an infamous pickpocket. The story unfolds as a series of seemingly unrelated mysteries involving "strange" crimes, with the plot threads coming together and the most serious crimes brought to light in the final pages. Author and artist Matt Kindt pays homage to Tom Swift, Dick Tracy, and other mid-20th-century pop culture icons. Flashbacks, bricolage, and other departures from linear storytelling are creatively employed to complicate the narrative. A virtuoso array of graphic techniques enliven the tale as text is presented in varied fonts, panels are stretched, flipped, or combined, alternately colored or not, and morphed into mixed media including newspaper comics and clippings, book covers, and post cards. Although its characters and situations are adult, not YA, this innovative, illustrated novel will intrigue aspiring young graphic artists, as it showcases many tricks and techniques of pictorial storytelling. The mystery plot lends itself well to the graphic novel format, with visual clues cleverly planted, unremarked, in many of the panels. The novel is recommended for older teen graphic novel fans, for its mastery of the format. Reviewer: Walter Hogan
Kirkus Reviews
A graphic crime saga about a by-the-book detective and the deeply human criminals he systematically tracks down, told by way of Socratic dialogue and pulp homage. Since Detective Gould began his career on the police force of Red Wheelbarrow 10 years ago, no murder in the city has gone unsolved. And yet the crime rate hasn't declined. This disconnect is at the heart of Kindt's (MIND MGMT, 2013, etc.) engrossing pop meditation on law, art, ownership, intent, identity, passion, technology and context. The chapters weave a haunting tapestry of human longing--a chair thief with Proustian motives, a lothario's chameleonic jigsaw, the civic impact of a struggling writer's grand-scale vision, a getaway driver running to something, smut-turned-art-turned-evidence--but as Gould slowly traces the threads, they form a noose. The book has a raw aesthetic, sometimes revealing the blue lines of art boards and the sketched framework undergirding the figures and sometimes presenting pages of blackened grids speckled only with the simple white word balloons of a two-person conversation turning over big questions. Combining this unrefined quality with Kindt's playful nods to dime-store novels, Sunday funnies, and the diagrams and spyholes often seen in golden-age comic books elevates the work to the realm of pure ideas, where the individual characters seem less important but no less enjoyable. Even at their most elemental, the images and text (and lack of images or text) play off each other in percussive paneling, delivering hard-boiled punches to a satisfyingly noirish end. Elegant scribbles from an electric mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596436626
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 711,065
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Kindt (Red Handed) is the award-winning writer and artist of the graphic novels Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip. He is currently the writing monthly comics for DC Comics and is writing and drawing his own monthly comic, MIND MGMT, for Dark Horse. Critically-acclaimed, Kindt's work has been nominated for four Eisner Awards and three Harvey Awards and listed in Time magazine's best graphic novels (2001) and Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels (Super Spy). Matt Kindt lives in Webster Groves, Missouri. Red Handed is his most recent graphic novel.

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