Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block, graphic novel version, adapted and illustrated by John K. Snyder III, IDW Publishing (July 17, 2018), 144 pages
There were several mentions of this in the latest issue of Mystery Scene magazine. Several reviewers listed it as a “favorite” of 2018. So I got a copy from the library.
As the fifth entry in the Matthew Scudder series, Eight Million Ways to Die comes about in the middle of his story. He’s had his share of problems, most recently the tragic shooting that drove him off the force, away from his family and into a bottle. He’s trying to understand that last part, sometimes happy to drown himself in the booze, sometimes attending an AA meeting.
He seems to be comfortable with the unlicensed, off-the-books private detective world he’s created for himself. So when Kim Dakkinen, a prostitute who wants help to get out of the life comes to him, he takes her case without much hesitation — only to find himself with a heap of regret after he worked things out for her only to find a few days later she has been hacked to death.
That’s enough of the plot. If you haven’t read this one, and most of the people who visit this blog probably have, you’ll probably want to read the book. But this graphic novel is pretty well done, the artwork of rough and gritty, just like the world Scudder lives in, and the whole package is well done.