Lieutenant Eve Dallas brushes with the world of high fashion, drug use, and murder – all because she shopped for a wedding dress with her best friend and local performance artist, Mavis. An altercation at the fitting between the designer, and his former girlfriend, a high-profile model, makes it so Mavis, as his current love, the prime suspect when the model is murdered viciously in his studio. Dallas takes lead on the murder, certain that her determination to see justice done will free her friend. But it becomes even more dangerous when the connections to a very addictive, potentially very profitable, drug come to light and more people start dying to protect its deadly secrets. I love this book, this series, but it was very jarring to see a police division called “Illegals”. I think of police dealing with illegal aliens that is so much in the news now, where in the book it means illegal substances – drugs. It’s 2058 (or thereabouts), and the future has different priorities (and most all people on security camera somewhere; there’s precious little privacy unless you are very rich or very poor).
30. Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus, Illustrated by Art Spiegelman, 296 pages, Graphic Novel, Hardback, 2011 (25th Anniversary Edition).
This incredibly powerful graphic novel collects Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began. Art Spiegelman recounts his father’s story of his time in Poland during World War II, his time in Auschwitz, and his later years in the United States. It’s a difficult story to read, and an important personal story. It’s annoying, trying to get the story out of his dad along with the author. It’s heartbreaking, the losses, the misery, the sheer luck of surviving – just to find that surviving can be its own burden. I really cannot explain how much this moved me. I’m a coward; after Diary of Anne Frank, I do very little reading on the Holocaust – it saddens me with how awful it is. But it is important to understand, and this approach made it easier to wrap my mind around.