Three classic crime novels from ‘the Graham Greene of France’ [The Independent]
The Sleeping Car Murders
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.
Sébastien 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 . . .
‘A strongly plotted story of murder with a clever ironical ending . . . Remarkable’ Daily Telegraph
‘It becomes more sensational with each chapter’ Sunday Times
‘Japrisot writes with warmth, and has a gift for rendering almost every character instantly likable’ New Yorker
‘Sébastien Japrisot’s talents as a storyteller have something of magic about them. You have to wait until the last page to be liberated from his grasp’ Quotidien de Paris
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun
ONE OF THE SUNDAY TIMES 100 BEST CRIME NOVELS 2019
From the author of A Very Long Engagement comes a tangled, terrifying psychological thriller worthy of Georges Simenon, Paula Hawkins or Patricia Highsmith.
Dany Longo is blonde, beautiful — and thoroughly unpredictable. After doing a favour for her boss, she finds herself behind the wheel of his exquisite Thunderbird on a sun-kissed Parisian morning. On impulse she decides to head south.
What starts as an impromptu joyride rapidly takes a turn for the chilling when strangers all along the unfamiliar route swear they recognise Dany from the previous day. But that’s impossible: she was at work, she was in Paris, she was miles away… wasn’t she?
‘A welcome reissue of a French classic … Utterly captivating, this is a perfect diversion for a sunny afternoon’ The Guardian
‘Combines huge intellectual grasp with fascinating narrative, strong grues, fine writing … and an unforgettable protagonist… A superb achievement’ Sunday Times
‘A cordon bleu mixture of suspense, sex, trick psychology and fast action’ Publishers Weekly
‘A disturbing, intricate and erotic novel’ NB
‘A riddle as captivating as it is terrifying’ Christian House
‘A hell of a ride’ Complete Review
‘Oozes cool and uniqueness’ Jera’s Jamboree
‘While the writing has an excellent style which is ahead of its time, the story bears unmistakable marks of its setting and period which give it special interest’ Crime Review
One Deadly Summer
From a master of suspense comes this classic tale of lust and revenge set in the French countryside.
Car mechanic Fiorimond is irresistibly drawn to beautiful, provocative Elle, a recent arrival in his sleepy Provence village. Their relationship develops quickly, but even as they make plans to marry, Fiorimond doesn’t know what to make of his bride-to-be: is she an enigma or simply vacuous? In fact the troubled Elle is on a mission to exact revenge on Fiorimond’s family for a crime committed decades earlier, with a plan that will ultimately destroy all their lives, including hers.
Set in the 1970s, and available in English again for the first time in many years, this is a true classic of French suspense. It has everything: stylish writing, clever construction, an unforgettable leading lady, and most importantly leaves the reader guessing until the very last page.
‘This chilling story of psychological suspense is the work of a French novelist who has been influenced by American crime writing, yet on its own terms it is a most original creation.’ The New York Times
‘You will not see the final brutal twist coming in this clever thrilling novel … an immensely powerful exploration of the psyche of a damaged individual.’ Nudge Magazine
‘… this is a novel of atmosphere and deep dives into character’ Complete Review
‘A gripping tale of hatred, revenge, and lust … a sinister spellbinder’ Publishers Weekly
‘A sultry masterpiece’ Crime Reads