THE ADVERSARY is the shocking true story of a respectable doctor, 18 years of lies, and five murders. Who could have imagined Romand as a murderer? He was, after all, a noted doctor at the World Health Organisation, a groundbreaking researcher with connections to international humanitarian figures, a financial wizard entrusted with his in-laws' life savings, a loving son who called his parents every evening to say good night. If there was a problem, no one knew it. As it turned out, there were many: Romand had no medical degree; he had no job; he knew no influential contacts; he had spent his in-laws' money. And when a relative went to break the terrible news of the murder of his wife and children to Romand's parents, they too were dead - murdered by the stranger who had been their son. A mesmerizing account of the hundreds of daily lies that propelled one man's life, THE ADVERSARY is also a meditation on the mystery of identity, evil and the desperate logic by which it is easier to kill than to confess. From Emmanuel Carrere, the bestselling author of psychological suspense, this is a riveting tale of unfathomable deception.
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- Paperback | 224 pages
- 111 x 178mm | 131g
- 06 Aug 2001
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- Export and UK open market ed
What a chilling performance. As a writer, Carrere is straight berserk; as a storyteller he is so freakishly talented, so unassuming in grace and power that you only realize the hold he's got on you when you attempt to pull away. I tried to break free but it was damn near impossible. You say: True crime and Literature? I don't believe it. I say: Believe it. Junot Diaz, author of DROWN L'Adversare is the book into which Emmanuel Carrere has put the best of all his other books... Acute observations of daily life, beautiful writing, a limpid straightforward style that drags you down into the abyss as easily as you might go for a stroll. Le Monde Like Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD, Carrere's book is an autopsy of a society where you are what you appear, and which, ensconsed in comfort, prefers to condone than doubt. Economist
About Emmanuel Carrère
Emmanuel Carrere is one of France's most critically acclaimed authors. His novels include THE MOUSTACHE and CLASS TRIP, winner of the prestigious Prix Femina. He has also written a biography of Philip K Dick. A major bestseller in France, THE ADVERSARY is being published in eighteen countries. Carrere lives in Paris.