Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt

Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt

Review by Lauren

copy sent for review, but all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Welcome to the city of Red Wheelbarrow, where the world's greatest detective has yet to meet the crime he can't solve—every criminal in Red Wheelbarrow is caught and convicted thanks to Detective Gould's brilliant mind and cutting-edge spy technology.

But lately there has been a rash of crimes so eccentric and random that even Detective Gould is stumped. Will he discover the connection between the compulsive chair thief, the novelist who uses purloined street signs to write her magnum opus, and the photographer who secretly documents peoples' most anguished personal moments? Or will Detective Gould finally meet his match?

Review: Red Handed is a fascinating mystery story, made only more interesting through the graphic format. Like most graphic novels, this was a fairly quick read...but not too fast. It's actually one of those books that going back and re-reading would probably help understanding. Everything seems random and mixed up until you get near the end and finally realize that things are more connected than first appearances showed.

I wish that I had time to read the book again, but as I did not, I'm still a bit confused about how certain aspects of the story connect. Regardless, I found Red Handed to be a novel worth thinking about. Throughout the book there are some philosophical conversations about the nature of crime.

For example, here is an excerpt (the bold shows a different speaker; their lines are bolded in the actual text)-

Is stealing a loaf of bread which leads to someone dying, murder?

A victimless crime isn't a crime at all.

There is no such thing as a victimless crime.

There are crimes that save lives.


Really. That electric chair? You know how many people it killed?


taken from pg. 29 of a final copy

It certainly leaves a lot to think about and discuss. Red Handed is a curious little book, but honestly, it would be a perfect choice for a book club.

The artwork is well done- everything is in color but in sorted of muted tones. Nothing is too striking, which just opens up the words to be the most shocking addition to the book.

Worth reading! Definitely!


Giselle said...

I really want to try a graphic novel once day. The only one I ever had was an ebook and I decided against it bc I think it would be best as an actual physical book seeing as well, it's graphics >.<

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Hm... I like a book that makes you think, but you still need to make some sense of it. I don't know about this one, but I did enjoy your review!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I've never figured out the difference in a graphic novel and a comic book. This does seem pretty interesting, & I love stories that make me think. Thanks for sharing!

Candace said...

It's good when a book makes you think! I'm not a fan of graphic novels, but I'm glad you enjoyed this even though it was a bit confusing at times.

Aylee said...

Oh, I love books that are a bit of a jigsaw, random pieces that come together at the end in a moment of enlightenment! Also a bonus if it's a story that gives you something to ponder. I would really like to read more graphic novels so maybe I should consider this one! Thanks for the review, Lauren - very informative.

Melanie said...

I haven't seen this one before but it looks really good. While I don't read many graphic novels, I may actually try one now!

Lovely review, hon! <33

....Petty Witter said...

Hmm, not a format I've ever read as it has never particularly appealed to me and yet I'm intrigued by this.

Erika said...

This sounds like such a fun read - I need to get my hands on a copy! :)

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Sounds really interesting!

Liviania said...

Sounds interesting. I haven't heard of this one.