Sunday, March 11, 2012

Jonathan Kellerman: Silent Partner-Adapted by Ande Parks; illustrated by Michael Gaydos

Jonathan Kellerman: Silent Partner

Adapted by Ande Parks; illustrated by Michael Gaydos

Villard, Feb 28 2012, $23.00

ISBN: 9780440423638

In Los Angeles child psychologist and police consultant Alex Delaware attends a gala alone not long after his beloved girlfriend Robin Castagna leaves him to find herself. At the party, Alex’s former love psychologist Sharon Ransom accosts him. She pleads with him to meet her. He says no as he does not want to restart their relationship that ended abruptly and badly a decade ago when Sharon began to behave oddly.

The next day Alex is stunned and filled with remorse when he reads in the paper that Sharon committed suicide. Being a psychologist only compounds his wondering if he had met with her she would be alive today. Needing to understand why, Alex, with his best friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis at his side, investigates the “many lives” of Sharon Ransom.

This graphic adaptation of one of the best Delaware thrillers is a great rendition of Silent Partner. Ande Parks captures the essence of the sensational convoluted Hollywood investigative storyline and Michael Gaydos enhances the psychological impact of the suicide and what he learns of the protagonist with powerful black and white drawings. In fact the B&W setting adds to the darkness of Hollywood and the brooding of the guilt-stricken hero as Delaware’s self-esteem is extremely low as he doubts his skills. This is a great graphic novel.

Harriet Klausner

1 comment:

Jereme Causing said...

Yes I think this is a great graphic novel.. I read the original novel and I found myself sleepless trying to turn the next page..I checked out the excerpts of the graphic novel in scribd and I think it really does capture the novel. I hope someday I could purchase a copy of that graphic novel :)
For the meantime, I've also updated my book review in Silent Partner, added a few scenes from the graphic novel..