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Publication date
10th April 2017


Gallic Books


Extent (number of pages)
272 (tbc)

Emily Boyce & Jane Aitken



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US publication date
11th April 2017




Hell’s Gate

(La porte des enfers)


What if death was not the end? A thrilling story of love, loss and revenge in Naples and beyond

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What if death was not the end? A thrilling story of love, loss, revenge and redemption in Naples and beyond.

When his son is killed by gangsters’ crossfire on his way to school, Neapolitan taxi driver Matteo is consumed by despair.

But just when he feels life has lost all meaning, he encounters a man who claims the living can find ways into the afterlife. And legend says that there’s an entrance to the underworld beneath Naples.

What if Matteo had a chance of bringing Pippo back from the dead?

‘Intense, powerful and thoroughly unnerving, this strange and seamless mixture of crime and mythology is a haunting exploration of guilt, revenge and the power of love.’ The Guardian
‘An intense contemporary myth that brilliantly evokes the madness of grief.’ The Irish Times
‘An intense and surreal read that seamlessly weaves the reality of human tragedy with the fantastic that will mesmerize.’ International Crime Fiction Research Group, Queen’s University Belfast
‘A wonderful reminder that life is short and transitory and death lasts for infinity. (…)The read is well worth the effort and highly rewarding.’ Breakaway Reviewers
‘A mesmerising, haunting book’ L’ Express
‘There is simply no way that this book can be usurped from my eventual favourite reads of the year … I was profoundly affected by the power of Gaude’s writing. Mesmerising, cerebral writing that I cannot praise enough. Highly recommended.’ Raven Crime Reads
‘A dantesque urban fantasy. Haunting. A gem.’ Words and Peace
Praise for Laurent Gaudé
‘Gaudé writes … with an elegiac, almost hypnotic rhythm.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A rich canvas’ Publishers Weekly
‘Bewitching’ San Francisco Chronicle
‘Captivating … unforgettable characters’ Elle
‘Laurent Gaudé, the master craftsman, keeps us in suspense all the way through.’ Le Monde
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Laurent Gaudé

Meet the author

Born in 1972, Laurent Gaudé is one of France’s most highly respected playwrights and novelists. He has won many prizes including the Goncourt in 2004 for The Scortas’ Sun, published in 34 countries. In a survey by leading French trade magazine Livres Hebdo, Hell’s Gate was chosen by booksellers as t…

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