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Jason. The Left Bank gang.

JASON. The Left Bank gang. Fantagraphics. 48p. illus. c2006. 1-5609-7742-6. $12.95. SA*

Meet F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce, recreated as anthropomorphized animal cartoonists living in 1920s Paris. Jason keeps many of the factual details of the writers' lives: Fitzgerald is tortured and mocked by wife Zelda; and Hemingway resides with first wife Hadley. All of the characters sit together and drink and wonder if their work is good enough, and why none of them have any money. After one such evening, Hemingway proposes that the gang commits a robbery, and with this act things begin to go terribly awry for the group.

Though this is a slender volume, Jason has composed a masterful mystery that will keep readers riveted. The conclusion is most impressive, telling each gang member's experience of the botched crime, slowly weaving together each story. Though clearly written for adults, older teens may appreciate the allusions to these writers and the culture of the 1920s. Recommend this to fans of Jason's previous mystery, Why Are You Doing This? (Fantagraphics, 2005). Jennifer Feigelman, YA Svcs. Libn., Goshen PL, Goshen, NY

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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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