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Violent Cases: 09/18/09
Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman was his first collaboration with Dave McKean. It's a short graphic novel about boy hood memories of being treated by Al Capone's osteopath.
As with so many of Gaiman's graphic novels this is a story about story telling and faulty memories. Much of the plot is interrupted with asides from the now adult protagonist as he rethinks pieces of the story or admits to gaps in his memory.
Near the end of the novel there is an especially creepy and memorable scene that compares the violence of Al Capone as he single handedly bashes in the brains of a group of men who have slighted him to the petty squabbles that arise during a typical game of musical chairs.
What all my recent reads of Gaiman and McKean collaborations have told me is that I am guaranteed to enjoy anything they've worked on together.