Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry
(from the back of the book)
Private detective Fernandez Britten is an old hand at confirming the dark suspicions of jealous lovers and exposing ugly truths of all varieties. But, battered by the years of bringing ill tiding, he clings to the hope of revealing, just once, a truth that will do some good in the world. It is a redemption that has eluded him for a long time.
Then Britten and his unconventional partner, Brulightly, take on the mysterious death of Berni Kudos. The official verdict is suicide, but Berni’s fiancée is convinced that the reality is more sinister. Blackmail, revenge, murder: each new revelation stirs up the muddy waters of painful family secrets, and each fresh twist takes the partners further from Britten’s longed-for salvation. Doing good in the world, he discovers, may have more to do with silence than truth.
A haunting story of love and grief, sharply written and luminously drawn, Britten and Brulightly introduces an extraordinarily accomplished graphic novelist.