The Godmother

The Godmother : La Daronne

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The French bestseller La Daronne
Now a major film starring Isabelle Huppert

Meet Patience Portefeux, fifty-three, an underpaid French-Arabic translator who specialises in police phone taps. Widowed after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is wedged between the costs of raising her daughters and the nursing home fees for her ageing mother. She's laboured for twenty-five years to keep everyone's heads above water.

Happening upon an especially revealing set of wiretaps ahead of all other authorities, Patience makes a life-altering decision that sees her intervening in - and infiltrating - the machinations of a massive drug deal. She thus embarks on an entirely new career path- Patience becomes 'the Godmother'.

With a gallery of traffickers, dealers, police officers and politicians more real than life itself, and an unforgettable woman at its centre, Hannelore Cayre's bestselling novel shines a torchlight on a European criminal underworld that has rarely been seen, casting a piercing and darkly humorous gaze on everyday survival in con-temporary France.

'Devourable in a sitting' -Sarah Krasnostein
'Vivid, smoky dialogue and a sly ending that ticks all the boxes . . . Masterly' -Le Figaro
'A visceral delight' -Angela Savage
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 208 x 15mm | 220g
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1760641618
  • 9781760641610
  • 16,889

About Hannelore Cayre

Hannelore Cayre is an award-winning French novelist, screenwriter and director, and a practising criminal lawyer. Her works include Legal Aid, Masterpieces and Like It Is in the Movies. She has directed several short films and the adaptation of Commis d'office (Legal Aid) is her first feature-length film. She lives in Paris.
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