A woman lures her husband and his secret lover to an abandoned house. Something sinister is happening inside the convent. A chef commits the perfect murder. Over the past 25 years, the POLAR Festival of Cognac, France has established itself as one of the most esteemed crime fiction conventions in the world. FIRST DEGREE: A CRIME ANTHOLOGY is a commemorative celebration of the festival's silver anniversary, containing over a dozen tales by the writers and artists it has recognized along with a selection of Humanoids' best crime fiction and an all-new story by Eisner Award-winners David F. Walker (Bitter Root) and Michael Lark (Gotham Central, Lazarus) and a cover by David Aja (Hawkeye, The Seeds).