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The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception (Paperback)
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The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception (Paperback)

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Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for July (2017)

On the Saturday Morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was in a parent-teacher meeting....

With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense Emmanuel Carrere begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.

"As a writer, Carrere is straight berserk; as a storyteller he is so freakishly talented, so unassuming in grace and power that you only realize the hold he's got on you when you attempt to pull away... You say: True crime and Literature? I don't believe it. I say: Believe it".  - Junot Diaz 

"Mesmerising". - Sunday Telegraph 

"Stunning". - Evening Standard

'This is not just Carrere's most accessible book, but his best.' - Sunday Times

'A masterpiece'. - New York Magazine

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784705800
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"A masterpiece... It's a level of moral discomfort almost without equal in literature" - New York Times

"Savagely intense and utterly compelling... This is his paciest and cleanest-cut book...few books could better deserve a second chance to find new readers" - Sunday Times

"The Adversary is exactly the idea I have of a modern novel: struggling deftly with facts and with itself" - Laurent Binet, author of HHhH

"An absolutely stunning piece of work, totally involving and unforgettable" - Evening Standard

"Unputdownable... Imagine a sleek, twenty-first century version of In Cold Blood" - Washington Post

"A remarkably thoughtful and unnerving book...mesmerising" * Sunday Telegraph *

"Profoundly disturbing...a remarkable and undoubtedly important book - perhaps even a necessary one" * Daily Express *

"The story told here is truly beyond the imagination for even the best crime writer" * Sunday Times *

"A fascinating meditation on Jean-Claude Romand and what his bizarre life might mean... Carrere's inquiry is highly personal, written in lucid prose...the narrative is often mesmerizing, and revealing about the fragility of human relationships" * New York Times *

"He's the best kind of writer, not just a bestseller but a man who is not afraid to leave the comfort zone of his desk, go out into the world, take risks, and get his shoes dirty" * Observer *

"As a writer, Carrere is straight berserk; as a storyteller he is so freakishly talented, so unassuming in grace and power that you only realize the hold he's got on you when you attempt to pull away... You say: True crime and Literature? I don't believe it. I say: Believe it" -- Junot Diaz

"A triumph of insight and concision, brilliant both as a psychological study and as the portrayal of a community" -- Blake Morrision * Independent on Sunday *

"Justifiably considered the French In Cold Blood" * Paris Review *

"The mesmerizing true crime tale of an apparently ordinary man whose life mutates in the space of a few blood-splattering hours from the realm of Renoir to that of Stephen King" * People *

"The sense of dread he conveys is authentic - it is a loss of self, of connection to the world...dystopian" * London Review of Books *

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“Difficult to define but brilliant to read!”

This reads like really well written literary fiction with a postmodern bent, which, when considering it details a true crime, makes it all the more compelling.
Carrere first positions himself in direct relation to... More

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Helpful? Upvote 46

“Fantastic”

When you see that a book is being described as literature/true crime you can be a little bit suspicious, but The Adversary fully loves up to this. This is incredibly well-written, and makes for compulsive reading.... More

Paperback edition
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Emily at Lancaster King Street

“Truly Shocking”

The Adversary tells the tale of Jean Claude Romand, respected doctor and researcher, liver of a double life, and murderer of his family. Less an exposé of the crime than the man who committed it, Emmanuel Carrere... More

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