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Stumptown Volume 1: The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo by Greg Rucka - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published October 6th 2019
Know when to walk away
Stumptown, Greg Rucka, graphic novel, comic, crime comics, comics about crime, detective, Veronica Mars

Dex Parios, of Stumptown Investigations, is a PI with a gambling problem and a Down Syndrome brother to support. Having racked up a debt at a casino that she can't possibly pay back, Dex can't say no when the casino's owner, Sue-Lynne, offers to waive her debt in exchange for a favour. Sue-Lynne's granddaughter, Charlotte has gone missing, possibly "run off with a boy" and she wants Dex to find her. The case seems simple enough, but Dex quickly finds herself making a lot of new enemies.

Stumptown, comics, graphic novels, ABC tv, noir, detective series, comics about private investigators

Stumptown is a comic book series written by Greg Rucka (author of Lazarus and Batwoman: Elegy) and illustrated by Mathew Southland (of Shadowman and Infinity Inc.). It was first published in 2012 and is now the basis of a TV series produced by the US ABC network.

I really enjoyed this book, which reminded me a little of Jessica Jones, only without the superpowers. It's a gritty piece of modern noir with a tough female protagonist who is good at thinking on her feet. It made a bit of a change that there was no romance subplot, at least not in volume one, but I tagged this one as "gay and lesbian" because Dex appears to be bisexual, even though she doesn't have time to do anything about it.

Stumptown Volume 1: The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo (but left her mini)
is a gripping read that will probably appeal to fans of Jessica Jones, Wynonna Earp and Veronica Mars.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Oni Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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