A History of Violence

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Vertigo, 1997 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 286 pages
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A new edition of the hard-hitting graphic novel that inspired the Academy Award-nominated 2005 motion picture starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and William Hurt.

In this suspenseful crime story, Tom McKenna is a family man who becomes an instant media celebrity when he thwarts a robbery at his own diner - a robbery attempted by wanted murderers. McKenna's newfound fame draws the attention of a group of merciless mobsters who have been looking to settle a score with him for over 20 years. Now, as the killers descend upon his small town in Middle America, the Brooklyn native must face the actions of his youth and relive his past history of violence as he attempts to salvage the life he has built and keep his family out of harm's way.

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User Review  - atreic - LibraryThing

Guns and gangsters and lots of running around shooting people. With a big dollop of 'why doesn't he just talk to his wife about his Dark Secret!' Read full review

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User Review  - RalphLagana - LibraryThing

This is a good, quick read, as far as graphic novels go. I would have given it 3.5 stars if this was possible, but I enjoy graphic novels and decided to boost it to 4. I wouldn't call this work ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

John Wagner has written more Judge Dredd stories than any other 2000 AD contributor, and is responsible not only for co-creating the character (with artist Carlos Ezquerra) but also for such classic tales as Judge Death, The Apocalypse War, The Judge Child Quest and Necropolis. He is also the writer of such popular 2000 AD strips as Stronitum Dog and Robo-Hunter. His work also includes Batman, Boba Fett, The Last American and Button Man.

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