Travelling salesman Joe finds more than he bargained for when he encounters the little black Labrador puppy Kinski on a business trip. He’ll go to any lengths to be with Kinski–regardless of moral or personal consequence. Quickly becoming a noir crime drama, the story drew me in despite the dirty deeds done (albeit for ostensibly noble reasons).
“Kinski” is an interesting story on multiple levels. On the surface, it’s a heartwarming animal story meshed with a hardboiled crime tale. Deeper down, it is a character study of how we face not getting our way and issues of right and wrong. This is a tale that I can’t say that I enjoyed–it’s a bit too penetrating for that–yet I am certainly glad I read it, and “Kinski” is a story that I will remember.
The artwork adds quite a bit to the story. Bold ink lines merge with delicate shading and well-placed graphic arts elements to create gripping imagery that is also subtle and aesthetically pleasing.
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley.