Black Cocktail's narrator, Ingram York, is captivated by the stories told by Michael Billa, his bon vivant lover. In fact, it was Michael Billa who said death was like a bartender who can whip up any number of exotic drinks, besides the standard beer-and-a-shot or double vodka.
Any of a number of black cocktails. Clinton Deix, for one.
Deix was Michael's high school buddy, the one kid angrier and scarier than all the rest. The kid who comes back now to see Michael. The kid who's still fifteen.
Ingram York's ensuing ride through love and terror is a stimulating, potent brew from a preeminent prestidigitator moonlighting in a bar of dreams and life. Beautifully illustrated by Dave McKean, Black Cocktail will leave intoxicated readers reeling.