Author Spotlight: Rick Geary

by Liz K. (SnoIsleLib_LizK)

A few weeks ago, I came across Rick Geary’s new graphic novel, The Black Dahlia. As a long-time a lover of all things pulp and mid-century, the art work on the cover immediately drew me in. The mystery surrounding the murder of young starlet Elizabeth Stanton has captivated authors and filmmakers since it first made headlines in 1947. Gruesome and unsolved, the case that came to be known as the Black Dahlia Murder dominated newspaper headlines in Los Angeles for months. I, too, had long been intrigued by the murder, but had never really read a true crime account of the Ms. Stanton’s demise. Mainly because I usually find true crime books to be either too graphic, or too dry, for my taste. Mr. Geary’s was neither. Respectful to the victim, expressively illustrated, and with all the facts of the case, I quickly devoured it and wanted more. And wouldn’t you know it? Turns out this title is actually part of a series!


In his Treasury of XXth Century Murder series, the Mr. Geary explores some of the most controversial crimes in modern history, including one of my favorite: The Madison Square Tragedy.  A love triangle like no other! Heir to a variety of fortunes, Harry K. Thaw is outraged by the longtime “friendship” between his wife, the orginal Gibson Girl, Evelyn Nesbit and Stanford White, one of New York’s most famous architects. Drama and scandal abound!


And for those who prefer the crimes more Victorian in nature, Mr. Geary has a series of those as well. I would start with The Saga of the Bloody Benders. It is a good one. Trust me.

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4 responses to “Author Spotlight: Rick Geary”

  1. I have to admit, my first reaction was, “Didn’t we just talk about these books?” Yep. Emily did.

    • Emily Z says:

      I am always excited to see talk of Rick Geary! The Saga of the Bloody Benders is probably my favorite, not least because it was the first one I came across. I thought I knew all the best/worst serial killers and I’d never heard of them. I also enjoyed The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans because there was so much speculation about how on earth the Axe-Man actually entered people’s homes; no signs of forced-entry but also no survivors inside.

      This has also reminded me that I wanted to put in a Request for Item Not in Catalog for the H.H. Holmes title by Geary.

    • Liz K. says:

      Great minds think alike, I guess?

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