When the night train pulled into Paris, she was dead. And the riddle began . . .
A beautiful young woman lies sprawled on her berth in the sleeping car of the night train from Marseille to Paris. She is not in the embrace of sleep, or even in the arms of one of her many lovers. She is dead. And the unpleasant task of finding her killer is handed to overworked, crime-weary police detective Pierre 'Grazzi' Grazziano, who would rather play hide-and-seek with his little son than cat and mouse with a diabolically cunning, savage murderer.
Sebastien Japrisot takes the reader on an express ride of riveting suspense that races through a Parisian landscape of lust, deception and death. With corpses turning up everywhere, the question becomes not only who is the killer, but who will be the next victim . . .
Publisher: Gallic Books
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Utterly captivating' The Guardian
'The most welcome talent since the early Simenons' New York Times
'Japrisot might be called the Graham Greene of France' The Independent
'A cordon bleu mixture of suspense, sex, trick psychology and fast action' Publishers Weekly
'A classic of its kind, brewing up enormous pathos undiluted by sentimentality' Daily Telegraph
'Diabolically clever ... The reader is alternately impressed, beguiled, frightened, bewildered' Anita Brookner
'The narrative is brilliantly complex and beguiling, and the climax devastating' The Independent
'Riveting ... A fierce, elliptical novel that's both a gripping philosophical thriller and a highly moving meditation on the emotional consequences of war' New York Times
'A gripping tale of hatred, revenge, and lust ... A sinister spellbinder' Publishers Weekly
'Japrisot holds a unique place in contemporary fiction. With the quality and originality of his writing, he has hugely contributed to breaking down the barrier between crime fiction and literary fiction' Le Monde
'Unreeled with the taut, confident shaping of a grand master ... Funny, awful, first-rate. A rich and resonant sonata in black, astutely suspended between mythic tragedy and the grubby pathos of nagging everyday life' Kirkus Reviews
'A marvellous storyteller' Telerama
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