The Hunting Accident
A True Story of Crime and Poetry
The amazing true story of Matt Rizzo, an uneducated blind criminal who received a classical education in prison from his cellmate, Nathan Leopold Jr., of the infamous Leopold and Loeb duo.
It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That's how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.
Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face—but it was while participating in an armed robbery.
Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. But in this unlikely place, Matt's life and very soul were saved by one of America's most notorious killers: Nathan Leopold Jr., of the infamous Leopold and Loeb.
From David L. Carlson and Landis Blair comes the unbelievable true story of a father, a son, and remarkable journey from despair to enlightenment.
Praise For The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry…
A Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017
"In The Hunting Accident, light comes from darkness, crime leads to redemption, and killers save lives. It'll probably be a movie or Netflix show in a couple years, but for now, it's a damn great comic book." —GQ
"The subtitle barely captures the scope of this ambitious debut graphic novel, a mix of biography, history, social commentary, literary analysis, and more...Blair’s exceptional pen-and-ink work, which mixes the tangible world with the psychological, brings all the strands together seamlessly and powerfully." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A true story epic in scope and arrestingly told." —Booklist, starred review
First Second, 9781626726765, 464pp.
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
About the Author
Landis Blair is a pen and ink illustrator, known in the Chicago independent comic scene for his cross-hatched drawings and delightfully morbid picture books. He is currently based out of Los Angeles, California. His books include The Trial: A Choose Your Own Kafka Adventure and The Hunting Accident.