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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934964379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964378
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of four novels about professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak -- Keeper (nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America), Finder, Smoker, and Shooting at Midnight, Greg Rucka has been writing since he was eight years old, and hopefully is improving with age. A longtime comics fan, his first graphic novel series was the suspense thriller Whiteout, published by Oni Press and nominated for three Eisner Awards in 1999. Since that time he has been a contributing writer for DC Comics and an active participant in the Batman series of titles.
Born and raised in California, he earned his undergraduate degree at Vassar College and his MFA at the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Rucka has two tattoos, and rides a motorcycle.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Richard Franke on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Author Greg Rucka and artist Matthew Southworth create a pitch perfect tone for this opening story of Stumptown. Rucka does a great job in establishing the main character, Dex, and her supporting cast for an ongoing, if periodic, series. Rucka grew up with the Rockford Files, Magnum PI and Simon & Simon, as well as with a love of the PI genre starting with Hammet and Chandler. This book is his love letter to that genre, and he hits all the right notes, creating a fascinating cast with a fun mystery to start us off. Dex, the main character, is, like most American PIs, flawed, but likeable. A person who is going to do the right thing, even when her personal life may be a disaster, and even when she may have to cut a few corners to do right by her client. The art by Southworth is amazing. His work ethic really shows as he creates a fictional but very believable reality for Stumptown's version of Portland and its environs. The art sets the emotional tone perfectly for this neo-noir book, which is by turns funny, thrilling, and intriguing. I loved it, and if you enjoy a good PI story, you should pick it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron Edison on February 4, 2012
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This series continues the excellence I've come to expect from Rucka's novels, his QUEEN AND COUNTRY, and his work in GOTHAM CENTRAL. Strong story and protagonist, and I love how the artwork is able to supplement the dialogue and lend depth to the story and characterizations.
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If you aren't familiar with Greg Rucka from Queen and Country, Gotham Central, Punisher, or many other great books you've picked a good place to start. Stumptown is quintessential Rucka, that is to say it is fantastic. Our protagonist Dex, a private investigator that is a composite of all the right Portland stereotypes, is as over her head as any Raymond Chandler detective has ever been. The whole story is great noir; even when the story takes place in the day the dreary Portland weather keep things dim. If you're looking for big action then this isn't going to do much for you but if you want a hazy mystery with some good inside jokes then Stumptown is one of the best books of 2013.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on July 20, 2013
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Greg Rucka's work in comics and in the novel field owes a lot to crime/detective fiction and he makes no bones about it. In his first Stumptown graphic novel, he adds Dex Parios to the canon of fictional detectives that readers of the genre should get to know.

As Rucka admits in his afterwords, he was a big fan of The Rockford Files. Dex is modeled on that same ne're do well private eye saddled with family frustrations and burdened with lousy cases that put her in the way of all kinds of danger - including a very lethal crime boss.

On the surface, Dex is working off a casino debt by looking for Charlotte Suppa, granddaughter of the casino owner Dex is in debt to. But the case gets lousy with twists and turns as the Portland, Oregon, based private investigator picks up the trail.

Dex isn't superhuman (though Rucka is good at writing those too), and she comes with a lot of baggage. Her dimensions on the page aren't heroic either. She's just a young woman trying to find her place in the world, no mad kung fu skills, no superpowers, no figure that's going to turn the heads of fanboys. She's not even overly intelligent. Best I can figure is that Dex's chief claim to success is the fact that she just doesn't give up and sometimes - sometimes - manages to get one step ahead of the bad guys.

The opening of the book is awesome, guaranteeing instant attention on part of the reader as Rucka backtracks to show you what's going on and how we got to Dex getting shot and dumped in the sound.

Dex has a lot of family and friends, too, but they've got their own problems. Brother Ansel has Down's Syndrome and requires constant attention, but it's that love that Dex has for her sibling that really captures the heart too.
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By Flynn Fan on May 20, 2015
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I love all of Greg Ricks's work. Queen and Country being my personal favorite. This was a quick read. A good story but was not great.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Satya C on January 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Should I like this book because it has a female protagonist or a diverse cast of characters? Or maybe because it's written by Greg Rucka? Or because of its authentic Portland milieu?

Well, guess what. This is a generic PI story that Rucka sleep-wrote and Matthew Southworth photo-realistically illustrated. Read it if you are a Rucka groupie. Just expect to wade through a lot of genre cliché (the leading lady gets beaten up all the time, called the b-word, has issues with the police chief, has issues with her life, is a woman of her word and has a heart of gold despite all that). Sure, the dialogues are crisp and the writer drops a lot of references to things happening in her life to make us invested in the character. But you know what? It still makes for a pretty bland package.
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