Friday, July 31, 2009

Rick Geary Graphic Novelist

I have been a fan of Rick Geary's ever since I picked up his The Borden Tragedy, which retells the historical murders of Lizzie Borden's parents in Fall River. Geary has a treasure trove of mysteries for the history buff and graphic novel fan.

His black and white style places the emphasis on the facts, or should I say perceived facts, of each case while also framing each tale. One of his trademarks is to create a cross section of the building(s) where the murder happens.

Recently I read his The Lindbergh Child. It is an incredible telling of the "biggest story since the Resurrection" as H.L. Mencken once said. Geary manages to effortlessly compile the different personal accounts, historical documents to evoke the setting and feeling of that time and place.

Geary has created ten graphic novels covering mysteries and murders ranging from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the serial killer Jack the Ripper. He has also eight other graphic novels such as Gumby and a graphic biography of J. Edgar Hoover. Most, if not all, of these are owned by the Minuteman Library Network. Our friendly reference libraries can help you place a request on any of these titles. If there is a title not in Minuteman then you can ask us in Interlibrary Loan (ask the Reference Desk to send ILL the request) to get it for you from anywhere in the country.

I hope you'll give Geary's works a chance and that you'll enjoy them as much as I do.


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