Rick Geary

"One of 10 comics to read if you love true crime" -CBR

"Indispensable" -The Onion

"Geary's stark black-and-white illustrations resemble woodcuts; the maps, diagrams and portraits he includes allow him to immerse the reader in the complexities and specificities of each case without the details becoming overwhelming." -Kirkus Reviews


Black Dahlia
Rick Geary

Now in paperback. On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two. From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22 year old woman who had become known as "Black Dahlia" because of her striking appearance. She had moved to LA to make it in show business. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA's notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous "Black Dahlia Avenger" admitting to the crime. More letters follow toying with the LAPD. Eisner Award winner Geary takes us through all the twists and turns in one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in this latest installment of his Treasury of XXth Century Murder.
"Geary is an accomplished cartoonist and storyteller, and these installments in his long-running series on American crime are sure to satisfy fans of graphic novels and true crime alike."-Library Journal
"Rick Geary is a unique talent not simply because of his manner of drawing but because of the subject matter and methodology employed in telling his tales...This merrily morbid series of murder masterpieces should be mandatory reading for all comic fans, mystery addicts and crime collectors."
-Win Wiacek, Now Read This
"As usual, Geary brings it all to life with fascinating detail."
-Warren Peace Sings the Blues

"As usual, his black-and-white line art gives the stories a slightly retro, though never nostalgic, feel, with a tinge of weirdness to the chronicle of transgressions that reveal higher truths in their gruesomeness."
-Publishers Weekly Starred review
"Clearly delineates the intricacies of this still-intriguing case."
"A good representation of the facts surrounding the Black Dahlia murder and it gives a very nice biography on Elizabeth Short herself that is often missing or distorted from other works. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the case itself wanting to see a more holistic view and also to people who just enjoy period true crime stories." -Trouble With Comics
"Meticulously researched, immaculately presented, "Black Dahlia" is another page-turning whodunnit from one of America's finest and most unique writer/artists. Geary, as usual, is the true treasure of the series."
-Andrew 'Capt. Comics" Smith, Tribune News Service
-NY Journal of Books
"TOP TEN OF 2016!"
Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
6x9, 80pp., B&W trade pb., $9.99, ISBN 978-1-68112-178-9
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The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

Nominated for the Eisner Award
A Treasury of XXth Century Murder
The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
Rick Geary
Now in paperback. Nights of terror! A city awash in blood! New Orleans right after the First World War. The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it. Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds! The pattern for each murder is the same: a piece of the door is removed for entry, the axe is borrowed on the property, and the assailant aims straight for the head! Why? How could he fit through that piece in the door? The man is never found for sure but speculations abound which Geary presents with his usual gusto!
"Geary is an accomplished cartoonist and storyteller, and these installments in his long-running series on American crime are sure to satisfy fans of graphic novels and true crime alike." -Library Journal
"(Geary) presents the facts and theories with chilling graphic precision, captivating clarity and devastating dry wit, and this enigma is every bit as compelling as his other homicidal forays: a perfect example of how graphic narrative can be so much more than simple fantasy entertainment."
-Win Wiacek, Now Read This
"Geary's black-and-white palette and line shading give the right historical feel to his tales, and he has a sharp eye for the details of a time period. That, combined with his historical research, makes his story all the more horrific as the reality of it is impossible to escape."
-Graphic Novel Reporter
"He takes his readers back to that time, draws us into the fearful moments of the spree, and leaves us more than a little unsettled afterwards. THE FULL FIVE TONYS!"
-Tony Isabella, The Comics Buyers Guide
"Geary's archly antiquated drawing style is ideally suited for bringing bygone eras to vivid, convincing life. Geary's exacting, historically accurate approach makes this-as well as his other nonfiction works-a natural for true-crime fans as well as comics lovers."
"Rick Geary is the most accomplished horror artist working today. The "Axe-Man" killings struck a nerve not just because of their seeming randomness, but because of the weird, lingering details of the crimes."
-Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
"Simple and stark lines and straightforward panels convey a tone of utter terror. The scenes of the killer in the shadows and the crime scene he leaves behind are absolutely bone chilling. If you don't find this to be one of the most chilling reads of the year, you're a stronger man than I."
-Ain’t It Cool News
"Speaking of great art, you can't go wrong with Geary - his work displays a humor, style and class that make it instantly recognizable."
-USA Today’s Pop Candy blog.
"Outstanding! A-" -The Onion
"His stories are illustrated in his attractive faux-woodcut style, which suggests a bygone time, with stiff people wearing rictus grins, standing with perfect posture in impeccable clothing, covered in blood. It's great fun." -Andrew Smith,
Scripps-Howard Papers/Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Terrific book by a modern comics master" -Newsarama
"Great story-telling and absolutely captivating!" -G4tv.com
"Geary's style lends itself perfectly to this shocking tale of unsolved killings in post-World War I New Orleans. His matter-of-fact narration and illustrations are sedate given the gory nature of the murders, but his calm unveiling of the facts actually adds to the unsettling horror. Earns the full five out of five Tonys."
-Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide
"Highly recommended."
-Comic Book Resources
"Present(ed) with his signature appealing art style and expected well-researched text, including a fun and evocative history of New Orleans. Will appeal to true crime buffs and armchair detectives as well as Geary’s already loyal audience."
-Publishers Weekly
A Junior Library Guild selection
Read his interview on this at
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Rick Geary

'Being an authentic narrative of the final days in Billy the Kid's brief and turbulent life.' One of our folk legends of the great Wild West, William H. Bonney went from cowboy and gunslinger for a rancher to pure outlawry forever dodging justice in New Mexico when it wasn't even a state. On the one hand, he was charming, fun-loving –often at social events like dances-, quite appealing to the ladies. Also conversant in Spanish, "Billito" was popular with the Spanish speaking crowd. On the other hand, he had no compunction to coldly kill a man, a sheriff, a deputy, anyone who got in his way rustling cattle or horses for an illicit living. He also proved hard to keep in jail even when caught. It is probably his feats of derring-do escaping from jails that made him most famous and this is the main subject of this biography following him until he is shot in pitch darkness by lawmen obsessed with getting rid of him.
#4 in Comic Book Resources’ 10 Comics To Read If You Love True Crime
"Like all of his true-crime work, Geary sticks to facts of the story, but he isn't afraid to have fun with them, making The True Death of Billy the Kid�a brisk and wonderful read."
-CBR (Comic Book Resources)
"The story of "the boy chief of New Mexico outlaws" is ultimately enhanced by Geary's thoughtful art, which joins the compendium of dime novels, ballet, films, and songs that have long acknowledged the Kid's baffling legacy"
-Santa Fe New Mexican
"I've said before that Rick Geary is a national treasure, and he proves it again with "The True Death of Billy the Kid."
-Andrew Smith, Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate)
"[part of] a slowly accreting magnum opus, a life's work of capturing society's weird dark substructure."
-The Comics Journal
"Billy's life and, particularly, his violent death have been the subject of innumerable films and songs, most of which romanticize the desperado. Geary's "true death" sets the record straight in an admirably unsensationalized fashion."
"5 stars! Those who are interested in tales of the Wild West will find plenty to enjoy here, and the book is even a good pick for students, as Geary's account is both economical and factual."
-Brigid Alverson, ICv2
"An unabashedly entertaining read from cover to cover and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library graphic novel collections."
-Midwest Book Review
"His tone is quite informative, but at no point does he really sacrifice a sense of wonder or entertainment."
-Eye on Comics
"Geary's art is well-suited for this kind of reporting, as it's straightforward in showing expression and setting. With its pen-and-ink, old-fashioned flavor, the reader feels transported back to an earlier time."
-Comics Worth Reading
"Geary coaxes out the human side of the larger-than-life figure: the troubled criminal, the angry young man, the charismatic antihero loved by the locals (including local women) [and] makes his story feel fresh."
-Publishers Weekly
8x10, 56pp., B&W hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 9781681121345, e-book: $6.99

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Now in Paperback!
Including Jack The Ripper, The Beast of Chicago
and The Fatal Bullet
Rick Geary

In this first omnibus volume from Geary’s increasingly storied Treasuries of Murder: the first trilogy of murders that made up the very first volume of this series, Jack the Ripper as only he can narrate it, The Beast of Chicago about H.H. Holmes, possibly the first serial murderer with chilling methodical means and The Fatal Bullet about the assassination of president James Garfield.
See his interview on this At the Morton Report
"Geary’s very dry wit and expert pacing hit just the right note on this journey into the macabre." -No Flying No Tights
"It is a very eye-catching, old school style of inking that is pleasant to look at and a perfect fit for the time period he’s bringing to life and the tone of the stories."
"I came late to the Victorian Murder party, but I really like Geary’s just-the-facts-ma’am approach, and I’d love to read some of his earlier volumes."
-Brigid Alverson, Robot 6
"A must-read for those who love comics and Gothic-tinged history. These pages are an artist's master class. Geary's cinematic style establishes visual rhythms that set the pace for a story that remains vibrant despite the fact that the only voice we read is the narrator's. Beautiful."
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
6x9, 288pp., B&W trade paperback, $19.99
ISBN: 9781681121383




including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy.
Rick Geary

Witness the most controversial and famous true crime cases that shook the 20th century!  These 240 pages retell the love affair that ended the life of prominent architect Stanford White- then dubbed the crime of the century, the New Orleans' Axe-Man and his gruesome killing spree, and the abduction (and resulting media circus) of aviator Charles Lindbergh's son- all collected in a handsome quarter-bound omnibus. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, each including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.
See his interview on this on The Trouble With Comics
"This is a fantastic glimpse at the dark side of history, executed with great style and careful craftsmanship."
-San Francisco Review of Books
"Perhaps the most outstanding of the many volumes in Rick Geary's Twentieth Century Murder series."
-Comics Worth Reading
6x9, 240pp., B&W quarter-bound hc,$27.99, ISBN 9781681120638


Murder Set

Lovers Lane, Famous Players, The Murder of Lincoln
Rick Geary

This specially priced banded set of hardcovers provides an engrossing, illustrated journey into true crime classics of the late Victorian era and early XXth Century, including three works in Rick Geary's increasingly storied treasury of murder—Famous Players, about the murder of a prominent silent movie director and resulting scandal in early Hollywood, Lovers Lane, the shady date spot where the corpses of a Reverend and a respected townswoman were found holding hands, and one of the most famous assassinations in American history: the murder of Abraham Lincoln. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.
6x9, 240pp., set of 3 hardcovers, $39.99, ISBN 9781681120621




Rick Geary

Stepping away for a bit from his growing and impressive body of work in the Treasury of Murder true crime series, Geary creates a fictional story around a favorite actress: Louise Brooks. Spun around her actual brief meteoric career as a smoldering film actress who popularized bangs, Geary fantasizes about her coming back to her home town of Wichita where she becomes intrigued by a murder involving a friend, a famous reclusive writer and a shady beau. Not before she gets herself in great danger will she emerge with the solution the police fails to grasp!
"A ton of fun."
Rain Taxi
"A taut page turner"
Huffington Post and see the interview
"Louise Brooks, Detective is a delightful bit of whimsy, a vividly created world in which a master at depicting history in comics creates an alternate history all his own." -Comics Bulletin
“Highly recommended.”
-Midwest Book Review
“Breezy. A story that for all its murder and intrigue is little more than a love letter to a long-dead actress set in a homespun, somewhat fanciful Midwest of 100 years ago.” -Andrew Capt. Comics Smith, Tribune News Service
“Hopefully, [Brooks will] continue to be an amateur detective in future comics by Rick Geary!” -Robot 6, Comic Book Resources
“A fun, twisty mystery for both film buffs and crime fiction lovers, and the final revelation is satisfying.” -Publishers Weekly
"Intriguing and gripping story" -Irenebrenation
6x9, 80pp., B&W, hardcover, $15.99 ISBN 9781561639526


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See this interview on Comic Book Resources.



Including The Borden Tragedy, The Mystery of Mary Rogers, The Saga of the Bloody Benders, The Case of Madeleine Smith, The Murder of Abraham Lincoln.
Rick Geary

400 pages of real murder cases from the Victorian era! This second handsomely quarter-bound omnibus volume brings together the famous double axe murder by Lizzie Borden, the drowning of the lovely Mary Rogers, the Benders who summarily offed their inn customers, Madeleine Smith poisoning an inconvenient suitor and the famous assassination of President Lincoln.
"What stands out is the tone of the work; this collection has a cheeky perspective. Readers who enjoy wry humor and a devil’s advocate for a narrator will appreciate Geary’s style. Satisfies readers’ insatiable curiosity with the macabre"
“Recommended! If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Rick Geary’s Treasury of Victorian Murderseries, this new omnibus volume is a wonderful starting point. Each of these stories, although set long ago, involves elements we can identify with, whether the spreading of rumors or sensationalized journalism or the question of how much to trust our neighbors or the ruinous dedication of political groups to lost causes.” - Comics Worth Reading
“The high quality that writer/artist Geary has maintained for his “Treasury of Victorian Murder” true crime series since its 1987 inception is easy to take for granted…Highly recommended for mature readers of graphic novels, mysteries history, and true crime.” – Library Journal
“It’s a densely crafted volume showing Geary’s dedication to detail and his own sense of investigation into true stories of the strange and macabre. This is exactly the kind of book to cozy up to as winter sets in.”
Bleeding Cool
“Geary meticulously researches each murder, and presents all the evidence to the reader in as objective a fashion as he can, in a faux-woodcut style that really could pass for the kind of illustrative artwork that preceded photography — if it wasn’t so much better. For one thing, there wasn’t much irony in those days, and Geary is forever arching an eyebrow artistically at the deadpan captions. All of which serves the narrative, which is invariably gripping.”
Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith, Tribune News Service
“All the stories are fascinating studies of human behavior in general, and of the peculiarities of Victorian life in particular.”
Sequential Tart
"Readers can’t help but become engrossed in the drama."
-School Library Journal
6x9, 400pp., B&W quarter-bound hc, $29.99, ISBN 9781561639076


A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
The Murder of Stanford White
Rick Geary
Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.
Nominated for “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by YALSA.
Recommended by Unshelved.
"Geary's books are a great gateway for non-comic readers who think comics are all capes & cowl *BAM* *POW* to see that there truly are other genres of stories waiting for them in the pages of comics."
-David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
"Geary’s old-fashioned black-and-white line drawings, vividly evoking the turn-of-the-century milieu, and his reliance on text-heavy captions as a sort of voiceover impart a documentary air to his thoroughly researched account. A standout entry in Geary’s consistently fascinating true-crime series."
"To be able to share Madison Square Tragedy, a shining example of the possibilities of the comic medium—with those who would not necessarily approach a comic book—is a triumph."
-NY Journal of Books
"A steady and enthralling account of White’s murder which also provides an impressive narrative of Nesbit’s ability to survive in a world of men trying to control her and bend her to their wills."
-Publishers Weekly
"I devoured this graphic novel in one sitting, completely absorbed in the chilling retelling of a love triangle turned tragic. Rating: 10."
-Sequential Tart
"Geary’s art is amazing in setting the stage in a booming New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. A thought-provoking, wonderfully delineated read."
-Comics Worth Reading
"TOP TEN COMICS FOR FALL. No season would be complete without the latest in Rick Geary’s ongoing series of 20th-century murders: with elegant, unsettling penwork, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White tells the notorious story of architect Stanford White, who was murdered by a jealous husband in a theater atop the original Madison Square Garden."
-Heidi McDonald, Publishers Weekly
Geary Talks about this book with Comic Book Resources
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Famous Players, The Lindbergh Child,
The Case of Madeleine Smith
Rick Geary
This specially priced banded set of paperbacks provides an engrossing, illustrated journey into true crime classics of the late Victorian era and early XXth Century, including three works in Rick Geary’s increasingly storied treasuries of murder—Famous Players, about the murder of a prominent silent movie director and resulting scandal in early Hollywood, The Lindbergh Child covering the crime of the century: the kidnapping of the famous aviator's little baby, and the case of Madeleine Smith, a Scotswoman who got embroiled with a man of lower standing and may have gotten rid of him and gotten away with it! These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, including a bibliography of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.
6x9, 240pp., set of 3 trade pbs, $26.99, ISBN 9781561637300
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Treasury of XXth Century Murder: Lovers’ Lane

The Hall-Mills Mystery
Rick Geary
New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922. Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir. The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick. Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…
"As usual, he proves to be an adept and thoroughly engrossing storyteller and Lovers’ Lane is another excellent entry in this rather admittedly macabre series."
-Chris Mautner, Robot 6, Comic Book Resources
"Another gem! This double-murder of an adulterous couple set suburban New Brunswick, N.J., all atwitter with saucy speculation in 1922 -- and it has the same effect today."
-Andrew Smith, Minneapolis Star Tribune/Scripps Howard News Service
"The perfect story for our uncertain times, one involving illicit romance, death, finger-pointing, sex leading to scandal, and no solid answers to stand on."
-Comics Worth Reading
"Geary is probably one of the three or four most talented and accomplished North American cartoonists alive today… The delight in Geary’s ongoing investigations into some of the weirdest murders in history is seeing how he gathers his facts, and how he lays them out for us, and the little touches he injects along the way that add gravity, legitimacy and often whimsy to his reflections on the darkest of all human impulses."
-Alan David Doane, Trouble With Comics
"He uses his detached style to get at something essential in the story he’s telling, contrasting his placid portraiture with the roiling passions just under the surface…"
-The Onion AV Club
"In my search for bad love gone worse, Lovers' Lane delivers. More a true crime graphic novel than a romance comic, it's pretty salacious, even with an affair at the center of it all. In fact, that's the tamest part of the story and, even as a '20s story going up against the horrors of today's modern news, the tale is still pretty jarring."
"A great series of books and this latest was fascinating. What I love about this book and in truth all of Geary’s books in this series is his fair minded telling of the tale. While he may lead the reader towards a solution he leaves it to the reader to draw conclusions from the facts as we know them." -Crimespree
"His clean, purely linear artwork is not only a delight to look at but serves the narrative in a near perfect union of pictures and words." - Publishers Weekly
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Now in paperback!
Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
Rick Geary
Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century. Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protests around the world. Geary presents us with all the twists and turns, appeals and dubious evidence after presenting us the human face of the two men, demonized by many, turned to martyrs by many others in his usual unflappable way.
"Top ten of 2011" -Onion's AV Club
"If anyone can bring an eighty year story to life, Geary is the man for the job. He tells the story with aplomb and allows another generation of students to see this case."
-Library Media Connection
"BEST OF 2011. Proves the master of drolly impish cartooning hasn’t lost his touch, as it presents a pair of protagonists (anarchists, no less) strangely sympathetic in their relevancy to today’s world."
"With a precise eye for detail and the ability to summarize a complex case with remarkable conciseness, Geary sets the standard for graphic historical narrative."
-College & Research Library News
"His art, as always, is ceaselessly expressive and charming, but let's also give credit to this modern American master as one whose complete craft is at its peak."
-Miami Herald
"Geary's historical mysteries always sparkle with clarity, both in the artwork and plot, and in this book he also resists the urge to decide that one side was right, all while giving the reader the most up-to-date information possible."
-Teacher Librarian
"The quiet effectiveness of Geary's consciously old-fashioned drawing style is reinforced by his thorough recreation of period details."
"One of The 13 Can’t Miss Graphic Novels of 2011.
Chalk one more up for the history books and another great contribution to the country’s wealth of graphic lit." -Kirkus Reviews
"As with all the books he’s done in this series, he does his research, lays out the facts and evidence, and allows you to decide for yourself. That’s not only a hallmark of strong storytelling, but of confidence by the storyteller. He doesn't need to pull you around by the nose if he has done his job right, and no one does the job right like Rick Geary. This is another incredible effort by a creator who simply seems to never swing and miss."
-Comics Waiting Room
"This book is one of his best, a riveting and thorough documentary that leaves readers fully informed of all the evidence, pro and con, as if they were on a jury in a trial more just than the real one."
- Andrew “Capt. Comics” Smith, Scripps Howard News Service
"Mr. Geary is the sort of historian we all wanted to have in school or college: a teacher who makes history interesting and compelling. He is the supreme practitioner of the craft and genre today, and The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti is as impressive as anything he has done."
-New York Journal of Books
"Geary, a cartoonist with the soul of a historian, reaches no easy conclusions, but gives readers the tools to draw their own."
-Publishers Weekly
"Geary works his magic once again. This would be an excellent choice for schools and libraries looking for literary graphic novels, for teachers who want to spark discussion of the case, and for any teens looking for an enthralling nonfiction read."
-School Library Journal
A BEA GN BUZZ HOT Graphic Novel Selection
A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
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Comic Book Resources
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A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
Rick Geary
It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!
“Geary shows how the real people living the Hollywood dream might not have always been what they wanted others to believe. Clothing, hairstyles, and architecture give readers a “you are there” sense, as does the action, which is seen by a somewhat distant observer. An excellent way to introduce teens to the establishment of pop-culture iconography.” -School Library Journal
“No one does murder like Rick Geary. He is one of the quiet treasures of comics, and Famous Players is another great book – a wry, thoughtful, meticulously researched investigation into an intriguing historical mystery, enlivened by his always perfectly-worded narration and his wonderfully evocative art.”
-Andrew Wheeler, ComicMix; picked up by IMDb
“A compelling tale full of jealousy, hatred, loyalty and a murderer who walked away from the crime.” -VOYA
“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.” -Publishers Weekly
“Geary’s detailed pen-and-ink line provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia and time gone by." -Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
“He knows how to tell and show a tale that will captivate your interest. 5 out of 5 stars." -Jazma Online
"Geary understands that the real pleasure of reading history, criminal cases, and comics is that we aren’t rendered passive. And he recognizes that the discomfit we feel from not knowing all the answers can be assuaged only by knowing more, always more. Geary’s mastery—as both artist and storyteller—is allowing us to feel comfortable in our uncertainty by describing it with precise detail. Brilliantly captures the historical moments he records." -Guttergeek.com
“Batting a thousand, so to speak, Geary gives us another ideal first look on a legendary homicide.” -Booklist
read his interview at Comic Book Resources' Robot 6
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ISBN 978-1-56163-555-9

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America’s Hero and the Crime of the Century
Geary’s Treasury of Victorian Murder moves onto the XXth century with one of the most sensationalistic cases ever!
All was well for Charles Lindbergh, after his daring solo crossing of the Atlantic. Fame and fortune came quickly as well as marriage into a wealthy family. But soon after they build themselves their dream home far from the madding crowd, tragedy strikes: their baby is abducted! Geary retraces all the different highly publicized events, blackmail notes, false and otherwise, as well as the string of colorful characters wanting to ‘help,’ some of which actually successfully snookered the beleaguered hero. A fascinating story, of course without a fully satisfactory conclusion, replete with savory details and unsavory people as only Geary can masterfully relate with his understated dark humor.
#5 in Comic Book Resources’ 10 Comics To Read If You Love True Crime
"Geary's Victorian series was all about the creepy America that was; this new series
looks like it'll be about the creepy America that is…
A-" -The Onion
"This thoughtful retelling of one of the century's most notorious crimes deserves several readings."
-Publishers Weekly starred review
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A Treasury of Victorian Murder:
Rick Geary
In his next volume, Geary takes us out to the wild west and the just opened up prairies of Kansas. Out on a deserted stretch of road linking newly forming towns, a mysterious family stakes a claim and builds an inn for weary visitors. Soon, reports multiply of disappearances around that area. Generally, those who disappear have plenty of cash on them. A delicious tale of a gruesome family fronted by a beguiling lass who led their victims on…
A SELECTION OF THE 'BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2008' Guest edited by Linda Barry.
A YALSA (Youth Librarians) 2008 GREAT GRAPHIC NOVEL.
"ONE OF THE BEST COMICS OF 2007. Geary is working on a higher plane than just about every other comics creator in the business." -The Onion
A 'Comics Worth Reading' Best Book of 2007
"Just plain old good comic storytelling with juicy subjects".
"The grisly details and the uncertainty create an intriguing murder mystery that will appeal to graphic novel readers."
"There's a panel of the murderous Kate Bender, that will haunt my dreams for some time to come. An engrossing, meticulously researched and drawn graphic novel and one of the best in Geary's series so far."
-Comics Journal
"His research and story-telling are flawless. He never stretches the facts, or speculates beyond the known. Of course, with juicy sagas such as this, there's no need for hyperbole, "Benders" is just as mesmerizing as previous entries." -Andrew Smith, Scripps Howard News
"Hits the spot. Geary's black-and-white drawings are terrific at conveying this deadly slice of Plains history."
-San Diego Union-Tribune
"A little gem of a book." -Comics Reporter
"All is presented with a sense of dread and an offbeat tone that makes Geary totally unique in the pantheon of great cartoonists. Highly recommended, as are all the other volumes of this wildly entertaining series." -Alan David Doane, Comic Book Galaxy
"Another triumphant entry in Geary's Treasury of Victorian Murder series." -Booklist
"Exquisite art. Riveting writing." -Publishers Weekly
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Back to press!
Rick Geary

Long out of print, this very first volume of Rick Geary’s increasingly successful series (Jack the Ripper, Borden Tragedy, Mystery of Mary Rogers) is now reissued in the same format as all other titles. 3 delectable murders, culled from the pages of Victorian papers of the era, are presented in Geary’s inimitable style, tongue firmly in cheek!
"Geary is spot on in his characterization of the period. Meticulously researched and recounted with delicious black humor."
-Andrew Smith, Scripps-Howard Papers
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Back to press! Long out of print!

Rick Geary
This second volume of Rick Geary's Treasury of Victorian Murder explores the ghastliest and most famous murders of Victorian England. Rick has researched this book extensively and presents, with his own inimitable tongue-in-cheek style, the Jack The Ripper mystery as told through a journal of a fascinated Englishman of the day. Both factual and darkly funny, Geary's personal take on this story shines an ironic light on the repressive society that spawned such a monster.
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"Geary's haunting drawings unite seamlessly with his moody, well-researched text." - Publishers Weekly
"Expertly designed and drawn." - Ellery Queen
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Revised 2nd edition!
With a whole new section of newspaper clippings of the day!
By Rick Geary

Rick Geary
"Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one!" In this third volume of Geary's Treasury, the famous Lizzie Borden double murder is explored with as much attention to well -researched detail as in his Jack the Ripper. This is another celebrated murder of last century, the one that lead to the infamous school rhyme.
The parrallel between this old case and OJ Simpson's is striking: both defendants had unblemished reputations; the double murders were gruesome; there were no witnesses and no weapons found; the cases took the media by storm. Both wealthy defendants hired expensive lawyers who convinced the jury of reasonable doubt. Both remain under a cloud of suspicion...
“Geary returns with another typically superlative work...Artfully precise reconstruction...A delight!” Publishers Weekly starred review.
"This is the primer on a perpetually fascinating, unsolved mystery." Booklist
"This should be an instant hit in high interest/low reading collections."
School Library Journal
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A Treasury of Victorian Murder: Vol. 4: THE FATAL BULLET

A Treasury of Victorian Murder:
The Assassination of President Garfield
Rick Geary
Geary (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 the President and the 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.
"***1/2. Geary brings history to life with his writing. And his art? Finely detailed, but with his own unusual, quirky style."
-The Comics Buyer's Guide
"First rate. Superb as always" Publishers Weekly
Subtly expressive low-key wit. First-rate historical graphic novel" Booklist
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Rick Geary
Geary presents us yet another true crime of the last century, very carefully researched and factual but with his usual gleeful tongue-in-cheek look at the lurid details. Mary Rogers was a compellingly beautiful lass employed in a cigar store in New York City in the mid-nineteenth century. She had a few suitors. Then, she suddenly disappeared, her body recovered in the Hudson off the Jersey side. The press had a field day with all the possible shocking possibilities. Rape... her "fooling around" between lovers...even gang rape. Never was this case solved. The hypotheses remain many. Even Edgar Allen Poe thought to have solved the case and presented that in his tale "The Mystery of Mary Roget." Make up your own mind. Geary recreates a fascinating picture of the nascent still somewhat anarchical soon-to-be metropolis of New York.
"Executed with his customary attention to period detail, cinematic plenitude of points of view, and compositional brio." -Booklist
"Distinguished by a keen sense of period detail and sharp pacing: Geary serves his subject with dignity and grace." -Kirkus Reviews
"Geary's retelling is detailed and well researched, and his impressive black-and-white drawings depict Victorian New York with great care." -Publishers Weekly
"Unique, captivating...one terrific graphic novel!" -Andrew Simith, Scripps-Howard Papers
Young adults susceptible to a good mystery or true-crime story should relish this book. With its commendable historical accuracy, it would also enliven studies of U.S. history."
-School Library Journal
As with his earlier works on the Lizzie Borden murders and Jack the Ripper, Geary shows a true talent for capturing the images, mood and even language of Victorian society. His approach is so effective that this work looks and reads as if it could have been produced in the 1840s. It's a fun read that could also work well in an American history class."
-Bradford W. Wright (author "Comic Book Nation"),
Washington Post Bookworld
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A Treasury of Victorian Murder Vol. 6: THE BEAST OF CHICAGO

A Treasury of Victorian Murder
Rick Geary
He was the world’s first serial killer and he existed in the late 19th century, operating around the Chicago World’s Fair, building a literal house of horrors, replete with chutes for dead bodies, gas chambers, surgical rooms. He methodically murdered up to 200 people, mostly young women. The infamous H.H. Holmes is the next subject of Geary’s award-winning and increasingly popular series.
"Geary's stylized precision of line and discreet picturing remain impeccable. Geary remains a master."
-Maggie Thompson, Comics Buyers Guide
"Premier true-crime graphic novelist Geary relies not on gore but on the scrupulously drawn detail and the droll, telling expression to advance Holmes' story." -Booklist
"Geary's finest artistic effort in the series thus far."
-Augie De Bliek, Comic Book Resources
"In this graphic novel series, Geary covers some of history's most famous murders in meticulously researched, beautifully drawn volumes. Despite its charming outward appearance, Geary's art has a chilling subtext that makes the story even more creepy. Geary is an underrated master of comics, and this book will equally interest history buffs, true crime enthusiasts and fans of good comics."
-Publishers Weekly
"This macabre tale is certainly not for the squeamish, but older readers who are fans of Gorey, murder mysteries, or true crime may enjoy it." -School Library Journal
"The pictures usually lend this spare recitation a sinister quality, often by contrasting to the prose a parade of images that hint at things otherwise unspoken. All is discrete, restrained. And the very restraint serves the narrative by imparting to it another layer of sinister menace." -R.C. Harvey, Comics Buyers Guide
Geary's exquisite black-and-white linework is reminiscent of period woodcuts, and his designs and page layouts are excellent."
-Library Journal
Another strong entry to his standout Treasury."
William Dowlding, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Shows all the hallmarks of his previous volumes: in-depth research, attention to detail, dry humor, and detailed, distinctive art." -VOYA

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Rick Geary

Geary turns his attention to the most famous assassination of the Victorian era, that of President Lincoln. The details he reveals are fascinating. Booth worked with a group of disgruntled Southern sympathizers out to decapitate much of the US Executive branch, not just the President! Geary also details the flight of the culprits and the hot pursuit of federal agents.
"Filled with rich detail and told with the tightness of a thriller. Makes for a remarkably entertaining and compact work of historical comix."
"The Murder of Abraham Lincoln is meticulously researched and beautifully drawn in a flowing pen-and-ink style that capturres time, place, and emotion with seeming effortlessness."
-Heidi MacDonald, Comics Buyer's Guide
"With his elegant pen-and-ink art and knack for sifting memorable and unusual details from history, Geary renders this familiar true story in riveting and thorough detail."
-Publishers Weekly
"Geary's meticulous research and detailed drawing illuminates facts that might not be known." -Voya
"This book will have even reluctant readers immersed in history."
-School Library Journal
"The pen-and-ink art is realistic and the narrative concise, with intriguing details scattered throughout."
-College & Research Libraries News
"Where Geary excels in Murder are in his searing portrayal of the fanatic Booth (clearly, the man knows his sociopaths) and the smaller details surrounding the soon-to-be-murdered Lincoln's personal life... Geary clearly reveals how this landmark killing was so much more than the work of one cracked actor."
-The Comics Journal
"The concise narrative incorporates diverse threads and is packed with details that will mesmerize readers—Lincoln’s prophetic dream of his own death, John Wilkes Booth’s careful and cold-blooded preparations, the identification of the perpetrator’s body after his death by the initials he had carved into his right hand as a child. Geary also raises questions that still go unanswered, such as the fate of pages missing from Booth’s journal. Readers will find this book impossible to put down." -School Library Journal
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Rick Geary
A scandalous secret affair in 19th century Scotland between an upperclass woman and a gentleman of lower standing ends in his murder by poison...
"Trademark droll counterpointing of narration and image." -Booklist
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