The Fatal Bullet

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April 1999

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“Subtly expressive, low-key wit. First-rate historical graphic novel.” – Booklist

Geary (
The Borden Tragedy, Jack the Ripper) explores the first assassination of one of our presidents in the hands of an obsessive-compulsive stalker, a deluded loser who thought his action would bring him national glory.

In this typically carefully researched and constructed story, Geary parallels the lives of President James A. Garfield and his killer. They have striking similarities. The fascinating element is how one went so wrong while the other rose to so high a post even despite himself. Once again, beyond a mere presentation of facts, the author surreptitiously unpeels for us a bit of our national psyche.

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“The quiet effectiveness of Geary's consciously old-fashioned drawing style is reinforced by his thorough recreation of period details.”

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“Geary brings history to life with his writing. And his art? Finely detailed, but with his own unusual, quirky style.”

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“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.”