book review: bookhunter

Jason Shiga’s Bookhunter is awesome. It’s a 1970s action movie-style comic with a library detective investigating how a rare book got stolen. In the prologue our heroic detective blasts one of his own men with a shotgun (in the vest) so he can slide across the floor behind the guy who’s stealing books from the library in an effort to keep objectionable material out of circulation.

The main story is a police procedural whodunnit with some good reveals and nice action bits at the climax. I absolutely loved the forensic book-construction details bandied about. Jason Shiga obviously has done his research, and it made the whole thing feel like it was written for us librarians who wish we had all that rare-book knowledge.

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