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It's a few days before Christmas in Versailles. Olivier has come to bury his mother, but the impending holidays and icy conditions have delayed the funeral. While trapped in limbo at his mother's flat, a chance encounter brings Olivier back in touch with childhood friend Jeanne and her blind brother, Rodolphe. Rodolphe suggests they have dinner together, along with a homeless man he's taken in. As the wine flows, dark secrets are spilled, and there's more than just hangovers to deal with the next morning...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • 1908313722
  • 9781908313720
  • 826,374

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'A most wonderfully wry noir murder mystery you'll not soon forgot. It's the sleeper of the year.' - Durango Herald

'Garnier's sly, cynical take on life after retirement will strike a chord with readers of every age.' - Publishers Weekly

'Ultimately a very dark novel, but a very impressive one...' - The Complete Review

' ... dark enough to sink the hook deep into fans of noir.' - Publishers Weekly

'Pascal Garnier produces a story of infinite grace -- a compact piece filled with quirky imagery, plot and characters.' -

'Garnier's take on the frailty of life has a bracing originality.' - Sunday Times

'Bleak, often funny, and never predictable' - Guardian

'A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony, it makes you grin as well as wince.' The Sunday Telegraph

'For those with a taste for Georges Simenon or Patricia Highsmith, Garnier's recently translated oeuvre will strike a chord ... While this is an undeniably steely work, his translator Melanie Florence does justice to the author's occasional outbreaks of dark humour that suddenly pierce through the clouds of encroaching existential gloom.' The Independent

'This is tough, bloody stuff, but put together with a cunning intelligence.' The Sunday Times
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'The combination of sudden violence, surreal touches and bone-dry humour have led to Garnier's work being compared with the films of Tarantino.' Sunday Times 'A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony.' Sunday Telegraph 'Bleak, often funny and never predictable' The Observer 'For those with a taste for Georges Simenon or Patricia Highsmith.' The Independent
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About Pascal Garnier

Pascal Garnier was a leading figure in contemporary French literature, in the tradition of Georges Simenon. He lived in a small village in the Ardeche. He died in March 2010.
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163 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 23% (38)
4 47% (77)
3 23% (38)
2 5% (8)
1 1% (2)
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