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The Front Seat Passenger [Kindle Edition]

Pascal Garnier , Jane Aitken
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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'The Front Seat Passenger' is a short novel - I read it in a day - but the story is unyielding in the madness of its characters ... an ironic and darkly humorous book that I thoroughly enjoyed. --Suspense magazine

A dark, richly odd and disconcerting world ... devastating and brilliant --Sunday Times

It doesn't waste a word - the work of a master --Mr Hyde

Combines a sense of the surreal with a ruthless wit --The Observer

A master of the surreal noir thriller - Luis Buñuel meets Georges Simenon. --Times Literary Supplement

Combines a sense of the surreal with a ruthless wit --The Observer

A master of the surreal noir thriller - Luis Buñuel meets Georges Simenon. --Times Literary Supplement

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Fabien and Sylvie had both known their marriage was no longer working. And yet when Sylvie is involved in a fatal car accident, her husband is stunned to discover that she had a lover who died alongside her. With thoughts of revenge on his mind, Fabien decides to find out about the lover’s widow, Martine, first by stalking her, then by breaking into her home. He really needs to get Martine on her own. But she never goes anywhere without her formidable best friend, Madeleine...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908313633
  • Publisher: Gallic Books; Tra edition (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6V0DYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pascal Garnier was a talented novelist, short story writer, children's author and painter. From his home in the mountains of the Ardèche, he wrote fiction in a noir palette with a cast of characters drawn from ordinary provincial life.

Though his writing is often very dark in tone, it sparkles with quirkily beautiful imagery and dry wit. Garnier's work has been likened to the great thriller writer, Georges Simenon. His noirs are published in English by Gallic Books.

Praise for Pascal Garnier:

'A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony, it makes you grin as well as wince.' The Sunday Telegraph

'Often bleak, often funny and never predictable.' The Observer

'Garnier's take on the frailty of life has a bracing originality.' The Sunday Times

'For those with a taste for Georges Simenon or Patricia Highsmith, Garnier's recently translated oeuvre will strike a chord.' The Independent

'This is tough, bloody stuff, but put together with a cunning intelligence.' The Sunday Times

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir with a twist 11 Mar. 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Translated by Jane Aitken.

Thank you kindly for the review copy.

Fabien and Sylvie both knew their marriage wasn’t working. But when Sylvie is involved in a fatal car accident, Fabien is stunned to discover she had a lover who died with her. Harbouring thoughts of revenge, he tracks down the lover’s widow, Martine, and begins stalking her. Fabien is desperate to get Martine on her own. And that won’t happen until he deals with her protective best friend, Madeleine..

So this is the second book from Pascal Garnier, sadly no longer with us, that I have read – and once more I was struck by the sheer power of the writing, even though he has a wonderful straightforward style about him. It grips you very early on and whilst being extremely intense it is also incredibly easy to read.

In this story Fabien is shocked to discover, after her death, that his wife was keeping secrets from him. Various ironically dark thought processes lead him to a desperate need to track down Martine, with dreams of revenge…but he may be out of his depth. You know the saying “Oh what a tangled web we weave..” ..well that is this book in a nutshell. If there is one thing that Pascal Garnier does with aplomb its irony.

This is not a happy tale – but it is addictive, paced perfectly and a lovely example of noir with a twist that will keep you happily turning the pages until you find out what is ultimately in store for all the characters. I actually grew quite fond of Fabien although he has stunningly bad judgement and you do want to yell at him a lot. Still, its those characters that make a reading experience real and Pascal Garnier also does real very well.

All in all another wonderful little read from an author that will be sadly missed. I am extremely pleased that Gallic is bringing his stories to our shores and kudos to the translator who did such a brilliant job.

Happy Reading Folks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent French crime. 22 May 2014
By col2910
Format:Kindle Edition
Another new to me author and one who is sadly no longer with us. French author Garnier died in March 2010. Gallic Books have so far published 5 of Garnier’s short slices of French noir, with a sixth The Islanders due out in November of this year. Thanks to Jose - The Game's Afoot (The Panda Theory review) and Sarah at Crimepieces (The Front Seat Passenger review) for bringing Garnier to my attention.

There’s a lot to like with this book. It’s short – always a plus in my reading world, dark and a little bit disturbing. I was reminded of a Stephen King book and film at one point when Garnier turned the plot on its head. I won’t name check the book because it may reveal a bit too much about things and I wouldn’t want to go spoiling things for anyone.

We have an interesting main character, Fabien. Someone who I was rooting for without ever actually liking him. He’s a bit too passive and lethargic to actually feel any great sympathy for him. He has a strange, uncomfortable relationship with his father and only one good friend in his life.

We have a couple of strong females, Madeleine and Sylvie. Neither are particularly likeable and warming, though they’re perhaps a lot more interesting because of this. No family with the demise of Sylvie’s husband and only each other, until Fabien unwittingly engineers an introduction.

Great set-up, great twist, touches of humour and dispassionate violence. Odd characters, with their own secrets and hang-ups and foibles.

Verdict – quirky and unlike anything I have read for a while.

5 from 5.

Always one to impulsively stockpile books ahead of sampling an author,
How’s the Pain, The A26, Moon in a Dead Eye and The Panda Theory are all waiting for me. I don't think I will be regretting my pre-emptive purchasing!

Grateful thanks to Emily at Gallic for my copy of this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mort au Bonheur! 3 Dec. 2014
Pascal Garnier was a fine genre writer who makes one think more of Highsmith than of Simenon, because there is humour and detachment there as well as the pitch black. But he has a peculiarly French, maybe even Greek, nihilism. There's none of the pornography of sex murder and paedophilia so popular nowadays in crime fiction. Why do people read those things? But there is finally after all the clever literary novel touches a real nastiness and grimness about the outcomes. Put it this way: the good don't end happily and the bad unhappily.
If you have the stomach for them, the Gallic editions are really well-produced and quite excellent translations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 27 Nov. 2014
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A first class novel.
Hints of Ballard in the surrealistic banality of life that is ripped apart by the madness lurking in the human soul.
Read it in one sitting and loved every second.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This did not grip me at all the story was ... 11 July 2014
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This did not grip me at all the story was not very cohesive and I could not feel any of the characters in any way I would not buy anything from this author again it is only because I hoped it would improve that I carried on
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Front Seat Passenger by Pascal Garnier 10 May 2014
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The idea was imaginative but I felt the story was wasted as it had much more potential to entertain longer and in a more satisfying way.
Sue Almond
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