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Murder Me Dead Paperback – February 13, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: El Capitan Books (February 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965328015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965328012
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,550,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I read a graphic novel not too long ago purporting to be in the style of noir. I was disappointed. I was certainly not disappointed by David Lapham's 'Murder Me Dead.' It has the kind of dark story that the genre is known for.

Jazz pianist Steven Russell comes home late one night to find his wife dead and hanging from the ceiling fan. She is wealthy and her family is convinced that Steven is guilty. They hire a seedy private detective to dig up dirt on him. He runs into an old friend from high school who reintroduces him to an old high school flame named Tara. She's fallen on hard times, but before long Stephen is in love with her. When it turns out Tara is married and her estranged husband shows up one night, things take a dark turn as things. There are schemers and femme fatales and Stephen finds himself fighting to stay alive.

I enjoyed the story. It's full of noir tropes but it's nice to see this kind of story in a modern setting. There are other recent noir type stories I've enjoyed a bit more, but this one fills the bill nicely. Art and story by David Lapham are good. There is a nice introduction talking about influences for this story. I enjoyed it.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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By Sam Fryer on April 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lapham manages to capture exactly what was great about the classic noir films of decades past in this thrilling and devastating story.
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By Steve on December 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dave Lapham is a gifted storyteller. If you've read his Stray Bullets, this is more of the same. In fact, this is what he describes as "A story too long to be told as a Stray Bullet comic," hence the different title.

Now if you're expecting something with fighting, threats to the world, and loving couples making eyes at one another, this is not a book for you. This is crime comics. A world where people do stupid things for sex or power; where what could go wrong does go wrong. It's a roller coaster of suspense, tension, and lots of "NO! Don't do that, that's the wrong choice!" And that's why we love it.

If you're familiar with comics like Sleeper, Criminal, Stay Bullets, and Darwyn Cooke's Parker, then Murder Me Dead is another great read. If not, you don't need to be to enjoy this, but I do recommend you follow this vein of seedy fiction to truly appreciate the crime story in comic form.

All in all, the story is solid, the art is good, and the pacing is top notch. This is Black and White, so if you need to read comics in color, you might need to move on.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on June 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read the entire thing. No, the artwork is not stellar, seeing as the woman always looks possesed (there is seriously something wrong with her eyes!) and there were moments when the main character, Steven is just so stupid and madly in love that it made me laugh but for most of the book the story just drags on.
The story begins ona high note, with steven's rich wife hanging from a ceiling fan. It is believed to be suicide but from the reactions (and the title) the readers know it's murder. But whodunnit? needless to say that the story does not focus on this until the bitter end. Instead we get the joy of following Steve as he moves on (quickly) and meets up with an old friend from high school. Man, is this chick messed up! After a certain event, it becomes very clear what her true motives are and yet we endure an entire book to find out we are right. I had the suspicion all along of who had killed the wife although my theory always seemed to be missing a piece or two. In the very end it turns out alright but overall it drags along and is nothing stellar.
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