Stumptown: The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case by Greg Rucka
Art: Matthew Southworth
Once again, Rucka and Southworth created a tale that showed off Portland. The city itself is as much a character as Dex, David Mayes, and Mim Bracca. Southworth brings out this gritty postcard view, and I love looking at it and recognizing all the places.
Love that Dex finally got her own office, and it’s in a pretty nifty location. Though she definitely needs a car.
Jumping over the Burnside Bridge was definitely my favorite part of this book. I kind of enjoyed how generic our bad guy thugs in the car chase were. Not every single case can be super personal.
I also enjoyed how the book wasn’t entirely about Hector Marenco. There were enough mentions and connections that Rucka’s keeping him in play, but not needing to make every story overt. Even if I have a hard time seeing Portland as a city with a mob boss. Of course, that’s mostly because I like to make fun of all the ginger hipsters I know living there.
I was kind of surprised just how naive Mim was. I kept expecting her to actually be in the middle of things. Or have some other concrete connection besides a random roadie taking advantage of the situation.
David also seemed suspicious. But he was just really protective of Mim instead. But seriously, does everyone date everyone in the lesbian scene in Portland?
I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment of Stumptown and the continuing story of Dex.
Join Dex on her PDX adventures and buy Stumptown Volume 2.