Grandville: Bête Noire

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December 2012

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“The universe Talbot creates is visually stunning and intellectually engaging.” – MadAboutComics.com

The baffling murder of a famed Parisian artist in his locked and guarded studio takes the tenacious Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard and his faithful adjunct, Detective Ratzi, into the cutthroat Grandville art scene to track the mysterious assassin. As the body count mounts and events spiral out of control, the investigation points to Toad Hall, where a cabal of industrialists and fat cats plot the overthrow of the French State… by use of steam-driven automaton soldiers!

Bête Noire signals the welcome return to anthropomorphic steampunk detective fiction of master storyteller and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot with the third stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award nominated Grandville series. As the body count mounts and events spiral exponentially out of control, aided by his brilliant deductive abilities and innate ferocity, LeBrock battles against outrageous odds in this funny, high octane thriller, an adventure shot through with both high art and comic book references, a glorious illegitimate offspring of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming – with animals!

• Grandville has been nominated for an Eisner Award and a Hugo Award.

• Also look for
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, Sally Heathcote: Suffragette and Cherubs! from Dark Horse, along with other titles by Bryan Talbot.

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Philip Pullman

•Author of His Dark Materials

“I have greatly enjoyed the Grandville books. I think they're superbly designed, beautifully conceived, admirably written - everything about them is terrific... A graphic novel built on the solid foundation of a strong story.”

The Independent

•British newspaper

“When it comes to Talbot’s mastery of art history, from the Belle Epoque designs of his borders to the almost casual command of 19th-century Salon, Impressionist, Pre-Raphaelite and poster styles, ‘s enough to make a V&A curator go yellow-green with envy ... Satire, pastiche, dystopia, genre-bending cultural history, a virtuoso palimpsest of styles: all this (and much more) in a comic book.” – Boyd Tonkin

The Observer

•British Sunday newspaper

“The bastard child of Conan Doyle and Beatrix Potter, it's a gripping feast for the eyes.” – Rachel Cooke