"If you want to read something that's witty, inventive, shocking and great fun, pick up a Pennac" (Paul Duncan Crime Time
"Daniel Pennac's Belleville novels, centring on a character called Malaussène, have apparently acquired cult status in France. It is easy to see why" (Allan Massie Scotsman
"There is a precision of touch here that is something like the "lightness" Italo Calvino identified in the best folk literature . . . A crime novel that breaks off to discuss the relative merits of Kafka, Antelme, Defoe and Cioran is an odd, but oddly entertaining crime novel" (Brian Dillon Times Literary Supplement
Readers of Daniel Pennac novels will find here all the elements of the author's wittily inventive plotting that characterise his fiction.