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
Praise for Sébastien Japrisot
‘With an instantly recognisable style and great story-telling techniques, he might be called the Graham Greene of France’ The Independent
‘The most welcome talent since the early Simenons’ New York Times
Praise for A Very Long Engagement
‘A classic of its kind, brewing up enormous pathos undiluted by sentimentality’ Daily Telegraph
‘Diabolically clever … The reader is alternately impressed, beguiled, frightened, bewildered … A considerable achievement’ 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
‘Precisely, surprisingly evocative of the lingering pain of mourning and the burdens of survival’ Kirkus Reviews
‘A kind of latter-day War and Peace … a rich and most original panorama’ Los Angeles Book Review
Praise for One Deadly Summer
‘A gripping tale of hatred, revenge, and lust … A sinister spellbinder’ Publishers Weekly
‘Japrisot’s talent lies for one part in the clever construction of his novels … it also lies in the writing that is simple, rhythmical, surprising, phonetic and lyrical’ Le Point
‘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’ Télérama
Helen Weaver is an American writer and translator. She has translated more than fifty books from French. Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings was a Finalist for the National Book Award in translation in 1977.