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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (2 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852424753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852424756
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Listen: Warn your children and the weak of heart. There is meat here. There is gristle. There is bone. In France, which long ago embraced American crime fiction, thrillers are referred to as polars. And in France the godfather and wizard of polars is Jean-Patrick Manchette? James Sallis

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Jean Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) rescued the French crime novel from the grip of Maigret and methodical police procedurals - restoring the noir edge by virtue of his post-1968 leftism. Jazz saxophonist, political activist, and screenwriter, Manchette was influenced as much by Guy Debord as by Dashiell Hammett. He remains an inspiration to the new generation of French mystery writers who have come in his wake.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barton Keyes on 2 Jun. 2008
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This is a superb piece of writing that grips from the first paragraph and holds its grip until the last. it's not quite true to say that there is not a superfluous word -- there are several, mostly brand names. But it is truly a pared-down plot that races along without ever being too far-fetched. There are holes, admittedly, but the sort you can fill in with your own imagination rather than the sort that leave you bewildered. You never really know why the events happen as they do -- and it doesn't really matter since the basic premise is so good that you get caught up completely in the 'what next' rather than the 'why'. And the ending is just ... well, read it yourself and find out and let's hope that Manchette influences a whole new generation of crime writers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2008
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This dark French crime novel has a wonderfully random plot, and for that reason it seems to reek of the kind of French crime movies that got made in the 1960s. I loved it - beautifully spare writing, with capriciously bizarre events, which never let you relax into your reading. Anyone desperate to read something intelligent and very very French will enjoy this, I'd hope.
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I'm glad I discovered this French writer. Good book, well written. A slim volume and none the worse for that. Recommended for those who like different crime fiction.
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By Simon on 5 Mar. 2015
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Gallic noire - Good fast read. Interesting story and good characters. If you like dark crime stuff then try this
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on 31 Dec. 2010
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I had been hoarding an old review clipping of 'The Prone Gunman' for what must have been years, before finally reaching out to Amazon for that title, along with 'Three to Kill'.
The reviews do not do Manchette justice in my view; he has a style of writing that is both sparse and atmospheric, introducing themes and ideas in a few well-selected words or phrases, that others might take several pages. Absolutely superb in all respects.
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