ATTICUS KODIAK is a professional bodyguard, headquartered in New York, whose career, despite his youth, has already experienced a few ups and downs. He's a great character, a deft combination of cold-blooded professionalism, brooding introspection and easy-going charm, surrounded by a fascinating crew of sometimes-larger-than-life characters, many of whom are strong enough and compelling enough to hold their own. An exciting new series, worth watching. In fact, Keeper was a 1997 Shamus nominees for Best First P.I. Novel.
And I wasn't kidding about the supporting cast. There's even been a spin-off tale featuring Atticus' tough-talking girlfriend, Bridgett Logan, a Life Saver-sucking, nose-ringed 6'1" private eye, who has a few issues of her own to deal with.
But Rucka's most compelling creation may be the deadly female assassin known as Drama, whom Rucka finally succeeds in freeing from the clutches of an international assassin cadre known as The Ten. In fact, fans who've been waiting anxiously for Rucka to up the ante won't be disappointed by his latest, Patriot Acts (after 2001's Critical Space) which has Atticus and Drama, now known as Alena, on the run from almost everyone, on a big-scale globe-trotting thriller that's almost Ludlumesque in its scope (complete with the obligatory conspiracy that may reach as far as the Pentagon).
The difference is that this Rucka guy never skimps on his characters or his plotting -- and displays a sure hand and little fear when he sets down to write, no matter the medium.
Besides crime fiction, Greg's written quite a few crime-oriented comics, including his acclaimed mini-series, Whiteout, a murder mystery with a female protagonist set in sub-zero Antarctica, and Stumptown (2009), a Portland-set series featuring another of his strong female characters, P.I. Dex Parios. He's also has been known to pen a tale or two featuring a certain moody crimefighter from Gotham City who likes to dress like a giant flying rodent. In fact, he even helmed the flagship Batman book, Detective Comics, for a while.
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