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The Black Diamond Detective Agency (edition 2007)

by Eddie Campbell

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Title:The Black Diamond Detective Agency
Authors:Eddie Campbell
Info:First Second (2007), Paperback, 144 pages
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Probably my least favorite Eddie Campbell book. Not much to say: it's an adaptation of someone else's script, which tells the tale of sleuthing into the explosion of a train. There's a lot of exposition, which crams panels with text. The action sequences don't particularly suit Campbell's drawing style, though he does make an interesting go at it, using a spread of tiny panels that suggest the spray of gunfire.
  Disquiet | Mar 30, 2013 |
The Black Diamond Detective Agency is a graphic novel set in the Old West. I've always been fascinated by the work of early detectives such as the Pinkerton Detectives and Texas Rangers, so I knew I'd enjoy the theme. Set in 1899, the story follows a man accused of causing a train wreck. Although the characters are sometimes difficult to follow, the story is an exciting mystery that begins in small town Missouri and ends with gangs in Chicago. The illustrations and muted colors reflect the time period. Intended for mature readers because of the violence, language, and brief nudity, I'd recommend this graphic novel for anyone who likes an Old West detective mystery. ( )
  eduscapes | Apr 24, 2009 |
At the end of the nineteenth century Chicago detectives and the US Federal Secret Service attempt to identify the criminals involved in a railroad explosion, counterfeiting, and murder. A full-colour painted graphic novel based on a screenplay. ( )
  TheoClarke | Mar 28, 2009 |
Mysterious train bomber...private detectives, head of US secret service controlled by a group of foreign governments...and all of this at the turn of the 19th century ( )
  Dakoty | Mar 22, 2009 |
An engaging graphic novel, beautifully painted and in a lovely paperback edition. A man with a past is framed in small town America as the century turns to 1900. The ending is pleasingly awry, avoiding the cliches by not tying things up too neatly. Dark and violent, but I didn't find it overly so. For fans of A History of Violence, Victorian mysteries, or Campbell's other work like From Hell. ( )
  Girl_Detective | Sep 19, 2008 |
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John Hardin is a desperate man.  When a train carrying official US currency paper explodes in his town, he's the prodigious Black Diamond Detective Agency's sole suspect.  John is innocent, but his wife is missing, his old friends are coming back to haunt him--with guns and explosives--and he's on the run through rural Missouri. 
 
THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY is based on the historical journals of Arthur James Quindlen, the agency's founder.  Adapted and illustrated with watercolor art by Eddie Campbell, this graphic novel brings a new perspective to that time in America when small farmers were the backbone of the country, graft was rampant, and railroads thundered through western towns. 

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A rousing tale of the hunt for a mysterious train bomber.

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