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11th June 2012



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Emily Boyce


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12th May 2010




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How’s the Pain?

(Comment va la douleur?)


Death is Simon’s business. And now the ageing vermin exterminator is preparing to die. But he still has one last job down on the coast.

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Death is Simon’s business. And now the ageing vermin exterminator is preparing to die. But he still has one last job down on the coast, and he needs a driver.

Bernard is twenty-one. He can drive and he’s never seen the sea. He can’t pass up the chance to chauffeur for Simon, whatever his mother may say.

As the unlikely pair set off on their journey, Bernard soon finds that Simon’s definition of vermin is broader than he’d expected…

Veering from the hilarious to the horrific, this offbeat story from master stylist, Pascal Garnier, is at heart an affecting study of human frailty.

‘Garnier plunges you into a bizarre, overheated world, seething death, writing, fictions and philosophy. He’s a trippy, sleazy, sly and classy read.’ A. L. Kennedy
‘Action-packed and full of gallows humour.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Deliciously dark … painfully funny’ Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
‘Masterly’ John Banville
‘This is remarkable fiction, cold and humane at the same time, pitch-black dark yet not bitter, ugly yet elegant.’ The Complete Review
‘Funny, poignant, easy to read and yet very unsettling … a cross between a thriller, a road trip, comedy and social documentary’ Crime Fiction Lover
Chosen by Marina Sofia as number one crime read of 2012 on Crime Fiction Lover: ‘the perfect noir … deceptively simple yet oddly lyrical’.
‘Another seriously addictive example of French noir and reflection on human life’ The Friendly Shelf
‘Only now working their way into English translation, Garnier’s crime novels add significantly to the latest renaissance for this type of dark narrative.’ Publishers Weekly
‘Readers will relish the late Pascal Garnier’s graveyard humorous dark French noir’ Midwest Book Review
Pascal Garnier

Meet the author

Pascal Garnier, who died in March 2010, was a talented novelist, short story writer, children’s author and painter. From his home in the mountains of the Ardèche, he wrote fiction in a noir palette with a cast of characters drawn from ordinary provincial life. Though his writing is often very dark i…

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