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Hard Looks: Adapted Stories The short stories of jack-of-all-trades Andrew Vachss (the Burke detective novels) get the noir treatment as a black-and-white illustrated collection....Hard Looks: Adapted StoriesFiction The short stories of jack-of-all-trades Andrew Vachss (the Burke detective novels) get the noir treatment as a black-and-white illustrated collection....2003-02-21Dark Horse

Hard Looks: Adapted Stories

Genre: Fiction; Author: Andrew Vachss; Status: In Season; Publisher: Dark Horse

The short stories of jack-of-all-trades Andrew Vachss (the Burke detective novels) get the noir treatment as a black-and-white illustrated collection. The talents adapting Vachss’ work are varied – from cult Texas writer Joe R. Lansdale (the Hap Collins-Leonard Pine novels) to British artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) – but all seem capable of delivering jarring sensory uppercuts. These are sketches not just of society’s seamy underbelly, but of the belly ring and navel lint to boot: a phone-sex operator stricken by recovered memories, a lawyer with a dark specialty in pedophilia cases, a homicidal hostage negotiator. Hard looks, indeed.

Originally posted February 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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