Fatale cover
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Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
April 26, 2011
Pages:
112
ISBN:
9781590173817
Series:
NYRB Classics
Categories:
Available as E-Book, International Literature, Suspense & Crime

A New York Review Books Original

Whether you call her a coldhearted grifter or the soul of modern capitalism, there’s no question that Aimée is a killer and a more than professional one. Now she’s set her eyes on a backwater burg—where, while posing as an innocent (albeit drop-dead gorgeous) newcomer to town, she means to sniff out old grudges and engineer new opportunities, deftly playing different people and different interests against each other the better, as always, to make a killing. But then something snaps: the master manipulator falls prey to a pure and wayward passion.

Aimée has become the avenging angel of her own nihilism, exacting the destruction of a whole society of destroyers. An unholy original, Jean-Patrick Manchette transformed the modern detective novel into a weapon of gleeful satire and anarchic fun. In Fatale he mixes equal measures of farce, mayhem, and madness to prepare a rare literary cocktail that packs a devastating punch.

Quotes

In France, which long ago embraced American crime fiction, thrillers are referred to as polars. And in France the godfather and wizard of polars is Jean-Patrick Manchette… [H]e’s a massive figure… There is gristle here, there is bone.
The Boston Globe

Manchette is legend among all of the crime writers I know, and with good reason: his novels never fail to stun and thrill from page one.
—Duane Swierczynski, author of Expiration Date

Manchette called crime novels ‘the great moral literature of our time.’ Manchette pushes the Situationist strategy of dérive and détournement to the point of comic absurdity, throwing a wrench into the workings of his main characters’ lives and gleefully recording the anarchy that results.
—Jennifer Howard, Boston Review

Cool, compact, and shockingly original.
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times