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Publication Order of Atticus Kodiak Books

Publication Order of Whiteout Graphic Novels

with Steve Lieber
Whiteout (With: Steve Lieber) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Melt (With: Steve Lieber) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Queen & Country Graphic Novels

Operation: Broken Ground (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation: Morning Star (With: Brian Hurtt) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation: Crystal Ball (With: Leandro Fernández) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation: Blackwall (With: Jason Alexander) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation: Stormfront (With: Carla Speed McNeil) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation: Dandelion (With: Mike Hawthorne) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation: Saddlebag (With: Mike Norton) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation: Red Panda (With: Chris Samnee) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Queen and Country Books

A Gentleman's Game (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Private Wars (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Run (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Perfect Dark Books

Publication Order of Jad Bell Books

Publication Order of Lazarus Graphic Novels

Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lazarus, Vol. 3: Conclave (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lazarus, Vol. 4: Poison (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lazarus, Vol. 5: Cull (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lazarus, Vol. 6: Fracture I (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lazarus, Vol. 7: Fracture II (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Old Guard Graphic Novels

The Old Guard, Book One: Opening Fire (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Guard Book Two: Force Multiplied (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens Books

Smuggler's Run (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Stars (By: Claudia Gray) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moving Target (By: Cecil Castellucci,Jason Fry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weapon of a Jedi (By: Phil Noto,Jason Fry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Droid Factory - Short Story (By: Daniel Wallace) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shattered Empire (With: Ángel Unzueta) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Weapon (By: Delilah S. Dawson) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Incredible Cross-Sections (By: Jason Fry,Kemp Remillard) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rey's Survival Guide (By: Jason Fry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Recipe for Death (By: Landry Q. Walker) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Star Wars Disney Books

Ezra's Gamble (By: Ryder Windham) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy (By: Alexandra Bracken) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return of the Jedi - Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (By: Tom Angleberger) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Before the Awakening (With: Phil Noto) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Force Awakens - Rey's Story (By: Elizabeth Schaefer) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away (By: Landry Q. Walker) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guardians of the Whills (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Wars: BB-8 On The Run (By: Drew Daywalt) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear (By: Tom Angleberger) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Call of Cthulhu RPG Books

The Great Old Ones: New Adventures Against the Cthulhu Mythos (By: Marcus L. Rowland,Kevin Ross,Lynn Willis) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Orleans Guidebook (By: Fred Van Lente) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets of New Orleans (By: Fred Van Lente) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets (By: Brian M. Sammons) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets (By: Brian M. Sammons) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mortal Coils (By: Michael Cisco,John Tynes,John H. Crowe III,Denis Detwiller,Jeff Moeller,Rebecca Strong) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Antarctic Expedition Pack for Beyond the Mountains of Madness (By: Robert M. Price) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call of Cthulhu D20 Roleplaying Game (By: Monte Cook,John Tynes) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call of Cthulhu Gamemaster's Pack (By: Aaron Rosenberg) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets of San Francisco: A 1920s Sourcebook for the City by the Bay (By: Cody Goodfellow) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Age of Cthulhu, Vol. I: Death in Luxor (By: Harley Stroh) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mythos Case Files: Deep Mine (By: Anthony Uyl) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call of Cthulhu: Investigator Handbook (By: MikeMason) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen (By: Sandy Petersen,MikeMason,Paul Fricker) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook: Horror Roleplaying in the Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft (By: Sandy Petersen) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
S. Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors: A Field Observer's Handbook of Preternatural Entities and Beings from Beyond the Wall of Sleep (By: Sandy Petersen,Lynn Willis,MikeMason) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alone Against the Dark (By: Matthew J. Costello) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Fistful of Rain (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Black Magick Graphic Novels

Black Magick, Vol. 1 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Magick Volume 2 (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Magick, Vol. 3 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Grendel Books

with Matt Wagner
Grendel Cycle (By: Matt Wagner) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel: Past Prime (With: Matt Wagner) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel Archives (By: Matt Wagner) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Art of Grendel (By: Matt Wagner) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel: Devil Child (By: Diana Schutz) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel: Devil's Reign (By: Matt Wagner) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel Omnibus Volume 1: Hunter Rose (By: Matt Wagner,Mike Allred,Ho Che Anderson,Rich Rankin) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel Omnibus Volume 2: Legacy (By: Matt Wagner,Diana Schutz,Tim Sale,Pander Brothers) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel Omnibus Volume 4: Prime (With: Matt Wagner,Monty Sheldon,Patrick McEown) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grendel vs. The Shadow (By: Matt Wagner) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Spider-Man: Quality of Life Books

Spider-Man: Quality of Life #1 (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spider-Man: Quality of Life #2 (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spider-Man: Quality of Life #3 (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spider-Man: Quality of Life #4 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stumptown Books

The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo (With: Rico Renzi) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case (With: Rico Renzi) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the King of Clubs (With: Ryan Hill) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of a Cup of Joe (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Wonder Woman Graphic Novels

Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: The Lies (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman, Vol. 2 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman, Vol. 3 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman: The Rebirth, Book Three (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: The Just War (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

1990's Handbook: Modern Background for Cthulhu (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Alexander Freed Collections

Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels (With: Nunzio DeFilippis,Christina Weir,Alexander Freed,David Gaider) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dragon Age: Magekiller Books

Dragon Age: Magekiller #1 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragon Age: Magekiller #2 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragon Age: Magekiller #3 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragon Age: Magekiller #4 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragon Age: Magekiller #5 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Convergence (2015) Books

Convergence (By: Jeff King) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zero Hour, Book One (By: Fabian Nicieza,Ron Marz,Christy Marx,Frank Tieri,Justin Gray) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zero Hour, Book Two (By: Keith Giffen,Larry Hama,Tony Bedard,Louise Simonson) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crisis, Book One (By: Marv Wolfman,Marc Andreyko,Jeff Parker,Stuart Moore,David Gallaher) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crisis, Book Two (By: Len Wein) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flashpoint, Book One (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flashpoint, Book Two (By: Fabian Nicieza) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Earths, Book One (By: Dan Abnett,Len Wein,Jerry Ordway,Justin Gray) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Earths, Book Two (By: Dan Jurgens,Jeff Parker,Scott Lobdell,Brian Buccellato,Simon Oliver) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Wonder Woman (2016-) Books

Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#1 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#2 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#3 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#4 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#5 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#6 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#7 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#8 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#9 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#10 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#11 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#12 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#13 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#14 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#15 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#16 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#17 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#18 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#19 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#20 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#21 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#23 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder WomanAnnual #1 (With: Michael Moreci,Jackson Lanzing,Collin Kelly,Vita Ayala) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#24 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#25 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#26 (By: Shea Fontana) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#27 (By: Shea Fontana) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#28 (By: Shea Fontana) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#29 (By: Shea Fontana) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#30 (By: Shea Fontana) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#31 (By: James Robinson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#32 (By: James Robinson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#33 (By: James Robinson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#34 (By: James Robinson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#35 (By: James Robinson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#36 (By: James Robinson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#37 (By: James Robinson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#38 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#39 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#40 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#41 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#42 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#43 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#44 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#45 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#46 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#47 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder WomanAnnual #2 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#48 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#49 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#50 (By: James Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#51 (By: James Robinson,Steve Orlando) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#52 (By: Steve Orlando) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#53 (By: Steve Orlando) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#54 (By: Steve Orlando) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#55 (By: Steve Orlando) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#56 (By: James Tynion IV) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#57 (By: James Tynion IV) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#58 (By: G. Willow Wilson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#61 (By: G. Willow Wilson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#73 (By: Steve Orlando) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder WomanAnnual #3 (By: Steve Orlando) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#82 (By: Steve Orlando) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#83 (By: Steve Orlando) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#750 (With: Kami Garcia,Gail Simone,Scott Snyder,Marguerite Bennett,Steve Orlando,Mariko Tamaki,Jeff Loveness,Vita Ayala,Shannon Hale,Dean Hale) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#751 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#752 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#753 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#754 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#755 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#756 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#757 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman#758 (By: Steve Orlando) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular#1 (By: Jordie Bellaire,Becky Cloonan,Amy Reeder,Michael Conrad) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Woman: The Adventures of Young Diana Special #1 (By: Jordie Bellaire) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Spider-Man's Tangled Web Graphic Novel Books

with Duncan Fegredo, Bruce Jones, Peter Milligan, Zeb Wells, Garth Ennis, John McCrea, Edward Risso
Spider-Man's Tangled Web, Vol. 1 (With: Duncan Fegredo,Peter Milligan,Garth Ennis,John McCrea,Edward Risso) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spider-Man's Tangled Web, Vol. 2 (By: Bruce Jones) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spider-Man's Tangled Web, Vol. 3 (By: Zeb Wells) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Black Magick (Single Issues) Books

Black Magick #12 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Magick #13 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Magick #14 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Magick #16 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lois Lane (2019) Books

Lois Lane: Enemy of the People (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Gotham Central trade paperbacks Books

with Ed Brubaker
Gotham Central, Vol. 1 (By: Ed Brubaker) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gotham Central, Vol. 2 (By: Steve Mitchell) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gotham Central, Vol. 3 (By: Ed Brubaker) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gotham Central Omnibus (By: Ed Brubaker) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gotham Central Omnibus (By: Ed Brubaker) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gotham Central, Vol. 4 (By: ) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gotham Central, Vol. 5 (By: Ed Brubaker) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Atomic Robo Books

with Gail Simone, Matt Fraction, Greg Pak, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente, Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener, Nick Frost
Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne (With: Gail Simone,Matt Fraction,Greg Pak,Dan Slott,Fred Van Lente,Brian Clevinger,Scott Wegener,Nick Frost) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Atomic Robo & The Knights of The Golden Circle (By: Fred Van Lente,Brian Clevinger,Scott Wegener) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Batwoman Books

Batwoman, Volume 1 (By: J.H. III) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Batwoman, Volume 2 (By: J.H. III) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Batwoman, Volume 3 (By: J.H. III) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
BatwomanVol. 3: World's Finest (By: J.H. III) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Batwoman, Volume 4 (By: J.H. III) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer Books

Tales of the Slayer (With: Christie Golden,Nancy Holder,Christopher Golden,Yvonne Navarro,Doranna Durgin,Mel Odom,Joss Whedon) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 2 (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Max Allan Collins,Nancy Holder,Greg Cox,Michael Reaves,Matthew V. Clemens,Joss Whedon,Scott Allie,Jane Espenson,Melinda Metz,Laura J. Burns,Rebecca Rand Kirshner,Kara Dalky,Todd McIntosh) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 3 (By: Nancy Holder,Christopher Golden,Yvonne Navarro,Mel Odom,Joss Whedon) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 4 (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Nancy Holder,Greg Cox,Michael Reaves,Kara Dalkey,Joss Whedon,Scott Allie,Robert Joseph Levy,Jane Espenson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Elektra II Books

Elektra (By: Chuck Austen) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elektra, Vol. 1 (By: Joe Bennett) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elektra, Vol. 2 (By: Joe Bennett) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elektra, Vol. 3 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elektra, Vol. 4 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Weird Western Tales#1(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Slayer(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Religion(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicks Dig Comics(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flinch(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
52 Vol. 1(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
52 Vol. 2: New Edition(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lazarus: Sourcebook Collection Volume 1(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Guard: Tales Through Time, Vol. 1(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Greg Rucka is a popular American comic book author and novelist. He is particularly famous for his works on comics such as Batwoman, Action Comics, and the DC Comics miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton. Although he has written several other fictional works, one of his earliest and most critically acclaimed works is a novel series titled Atticus Kodiak, which to date consists of seven novels. These early works have been compared to other acclaimed elite writings on crime fiction.

Besides Atticus Kodiak, Greg Rucka’s other popular works include two series (Jad Bell, and Queen and Country), a stand-alone novel titled “A Fistful of Rain”, a comic tie-in titled “Batman: No Man’s Land”, two video game tie-in novels (Perfect Dark: Initial Vector and Perfect Dark: Second Front), and a couple of short stories.

Early Life

Greg was born in San Francisco and grew up in an area popularly known to locals as Steinbeck Country on the Monterey Peninsula. It is during these early years, at the age of five, that he discovered comics in Salinas at the Nob Hill market. While shopping with his mom, he set his eyes on some digest-sized black and white reprints of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s work on “The Incredible Hulk”. He managed to convince his mother to buy one. He started writing at the age of 10 and won a county-wide short-story contest. He went to college at Vassar College and graduated with an A.B. in English and later enrolled for Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California where he graduated with a M.F.A. before he became a professional writer, he got into various occupations, including restaurant work, house painting, security guard, emergency medical technician, fight choreographer, and technical writer. He cites Douglas Adams as his greatest influence.

Writing Career

Greg Rucka’s career in writing began with the Atticus Kodiak series in 1996. The series is about Atticus’s career as a professional bodyguard, and it consists of a series of seven novels that include Keeper, Finder, Smoker, Shooting at Midnight, Critical Space, Patriot Acts, and Walking Dead. The novels gained immense critical acclaim as well as comparisons to popular elite writings on crime fiction. The “Atticus” series are notable due to their attention to detail and realism, which is attributed to the author’s experience as a fight trainer and an emergency medical technician. He has also written several other works that include novels, comics, video game tie-in novels, and short stories. He has also featured as a character in the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) comic book miniseries “Dying in the Gutters”.

Keeper

Keeper is the first novel in the Atticus Series. It was published in1 996 and it’s based on Atticus, a professional bodyguard who is hired to protect a woman (Felice Romero), a director at a Manhattan abortion clinic that is targeted by militant pro-lifers. She is expected to give a speech at an abortion conference. The advantages and disadvantages of abortion are discerningly presented as Kodiak attempts to protect his client as well as his daughter, who is suffering from Down’s syndrome. Kodiak, whose girlfriend has just procured an abortion, soon finds himself personally dedicated to Felice Romero. The action is heated up by a series of shootings, bomb threats, and murders (one particularly devastating), which drive the story toward a volatile and intense culmination at a cemetery. Greg’s prose is not only clean, but also visual. His portrayals and dialogues are economical, while his storytelling dashes along a fast paced clip. Greg delivers a narrative that is as tense, taut and brutally real and timely as modern day headlines. This first novel marks the beginning of a talented writer of tough and unflinching prose.

Finder

Finder is the second novel in the Atticus series and it was released in 1997. As a professional bodyguard, Kodiak is still finding a hard time to come into terms with the death of his best friend in the previous book “Keeper”. In this novel, Atticus attempts to protect the runaway daughter of his former boss/commanding officer. As a bodyguard, Kodiak understands that danger is always part of the job. However, he is still at pains to shake off his guilt over the death of his best friend in the last assignment. While working as a bouncer at a hard-core club called the Strap located on the Lower West Side, Kodiak’s responsibility is nothing more than to keep the scene in order. This is however not the case when he spots Erika Wyatt, a teenage daughter of a former client Kodiak once worked for. The daughter to the Army colonel is being stalked by a mean-looking commando wielding a wicked knife, and Erika draws Kodiak back into the protection business. In a story built on vengeance, lies, and sins committed in the past, Kodiak is sucked into a vicious cycle of treachery and violence. He soon learns that the most dangerous weapon could be a simple promise. He manages to save Erika from a kidnapping by the British SAS by enlisting the assistance of friends who also work as professional bodyguards. He sets up a safe house for Erika in the nick of time. Attica however gets wounded in a midtown Manhattan shoot-out, and this is just the first shooting in a series of explosive episodes. The plot churns even faster when Erika escapes. The story is full of exciting and surprisingly suspenseful events highlighted by bloody violence while pulling the reader to a somewhat satisfying conclusion.

Summary

The “Keeper” is undoubtedly an impressive debut that is riveting and full of surprises. The plot is not only crisp and tight, but also tough and pulls at the heart-strings to elicit deep emotions and connection with the narrative. It is simply a remarkable novel. On the other hand, “Finder” is full of realism and masterful intensity. The characters are so alive and the emotions conveyed are deep and surreal. The second book seems even better than the first one as Kodiak maintains a style of his own while in the midst of all the chaos. After reading the first two books, Greg Rucka can simply be described as a talented writer who can deliver a rather unflinching prose.

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