Normandy Gold

Normandy Gold

Sex, violence and corruption collide in this gritty vigilante thriller set in 1970s Washington DC. When her younger sister is found at the center of a brutal murder investigation, tough-as-nails Sheriff Normandy Gold is forced to dive headfirst into the seedy world of 1970s prostitution and soon discovers a twisted conspiracy leading right to the White House....

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Author:Megan Abbott
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Normandy Gold Reviews

  • Josh

    Normandy Gold is a small town sheriff who is thrust into the violent underbelly of crime in 1970's Washington DC following an ill-fated telephone call from her younger sister.

    The call, strange in itself, given Normandy and Lila hadn't spoken in while, gets a whole lot stranger when Normandy overhears her sister become involved in a violent confrontation with a man. The only clue echoing on the ghostly end of the line; the name Sel.

    The dead silence births loud fears as Normandy envelopes hersel

    Normandy Gold is a small town sheriff who is thrust into the violent underbelly of crime in 1970's Washington DC following an ill-fated telephone call from her younger sister.

    The call, strange in itself, given Normandy and Lila hadn't spoken in while, gets a whole lot stranger when Normandy overhears her sister become involved in a violent confrontation with a man. The only clue echoing on the ghostly end of the line; the name Sel.

    The dead silence births loud fears as Normandy envelopes herself in a shroud of criminal grime, grit and gore on a violent path to destruction at once reckless and righteous.

    The graphic novel by authors Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin is pure, unadulterated noir; there's no greater good or subplot device aimed at exposing political corruption or making the world a better place; Normandy walks among the sullen and grey, and that's where this story rightfully resides.

    My rating: 5/5 stars. Ask Normandy for sunshine and rainbows, and get a serrated knife to the solar plexus.

  • Paul

    Great grimy riff on 70s paranoid noir with a protagonist reminiscent of Brubaker’s Velvet.

  • Will Johnson

    Review Pending

  • Jason Furman

    This graphic novel (or collection of five comic books) tells a hard boiled story set in the 1970s of a striking female sheriff who comes to Washington DC to investigate/avenge the murder of her estranged little sister who got caught up in a high class escort ring with ties that go the very top of the political system. The plot is interesting enough to sustain the work but increasingly absurd as the conspiracies go increasingly high up the chain. The illustrations are really good and bring back a

    This graphic novel (or collection of five comic books) tells a hard boiled story set in the 1970s of a striking female sheriff who comes to Washington DC to investigate/avenge the murder of her estranged little sister who got caught up in a high class escort ring with ties that go the very top of the political system. The plot is interesting enough to sustain the work but increasingly absurd as the conspiracies go increasingly high up the chain. The illustrations are really good and bring back a world that may never have existed outside of the 1970s and 1980s movies it draws on ranging from Taxi Driver to The Conversation. And the characters are what they are—tough women, prostitutes with hearts of gold, corrupt depraved politicians, honest low-level cops, and the like. Worth a quick read (in my case was drawn by the author Megan Abbott, would recommend her novels).

  • Angus McKeogh

    Very good for what it was. Almost a revenge noir comic in the vein of 70s cinema. Raunchy and filled with sex and violence. Just like the movies. And the storyline was interesting too. I enjoyed it. I’m a fan of Megan Abbott and have found her novels with teenage protagonist really good, perhaps I need to delve into more of her hardcore crime.

  • Lukas Holmes

    I'm torn on this. The art is incredible and the story is interesting. However it is very graphic which I normally don't mind. If you like the 70s films that they reference you'll love it.

  • Race Bannon Berns

    I expected more out of a Megan Abbott book even if it

    was a graphic novel. This one seems a bit un-tidy where

    things move along but sometimes things are

    "skipped" in my mind. Kind of a mish-mosh.

    Not recommended.

  • Josh

    Has more nudity than any graphic novel I've read, and, excepting Locke & Key, more blood 'n' guts. I say that just to indicate that Normandy Gold really aims to capture the sleaze and the seediness of 70s exploitation films, but also the creeping paranoia and the damaged characters of its political thrillers-- and it succeeds on both counts. The artwork is cinematic, and Abbott-- one of the very best purveyors of taut, tense, pulpy thrillers-- contributes typically hard-boiled dialogue. The

    Has more nudity than any graphic novel I've read, and, excepting Locke & Key, more blood 'n' guts. I say that just to indicate that Normandy Gold really aims to capture the sleaze and the seediness of 70s exploitation films, but also the creeping paranoia and the damaged characters of its political thrillers-- and it succeeds on both counts. The artwork is cinematic, and Abbott-- one of the very best purveyors of taut, tense, pulpy thrillers-- contributes typically hard-boiled dialogue. The story isn't substantive enough to leave a huge impact, but the whole thing is wonderfully stylish and a great deal of fun.

  • Ron

    As a fan of Megan Abbott's prose, I've been looking forward to this, but while the art is very good (and surprisingly graphic) I found the story rather lackluster. We don't get a strong sense of Normandy's character before things take off and then it's a bit disjointed. I didn't get the point of the 'fantasy casting' and found it distracting.

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