The Black Diamond Detective Agency by Eddie Campbell

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John Hardin is a desperate man.  When a train carrying official US currency paper explodes in his town, he's the prodigious Black Diamond Detective Agency's sole suspect.  John is innocent, but his wife is missing, his old friends are coming back to haunt him--with guns and explosives--and he's on the run through rural Missouri.   THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY is based on the historical journals of Arthur James Quindlen, the agency's founder.  Adapted and illustrated with watercolor art by Eddie Campbell, this graphic novel brings a new perspective to that time in America when small farmers were the backbone of the country, graft was rampant, and railroads thundered through western towns. 

About Eddie Campbell

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Eddie Campbell is the acclaimed artist behind FROM HELL, for which he won the Ignatz award for Outstanding Graphic Novel and the Eisner award for Best Graphic Album.  In 2001, FROM HELL was made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp.  Campbell is also the creator of the series BACCHUS and ALEC: THE KING CANUTE CROWD.  His most recent work is THE FATE OF THE ARTIST, an autobiographical thriller. 
Published May 29, 2007 by First Second. 144 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A visually stunning graphic narrative with all sorts of complicated plot twists.

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Publishers Weekly

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Campbell's adaptation starts quite literally with a bang, setting up a gripping criminal mystery driven by the gruesome explosion and a selection of deft, emotional images from Hardin's past.

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When a train explodes in 1899 Missouri, the prime suspect flees to Chicago to track down the gangsters who framed him — and joins the PI agency chasing him in Eddie Campbell's The Black Diamond Detective Agency.

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