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. The talents adapting Vachss' work… Fiction Dark Horse
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HARD LOOKS: ADAPTED STORIES

Details Writer: Andrew Vachss; Genre: Fiction; 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 Feb 21, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints