The Adversary

The Adversary : The gripping true story of a crime that shocked the nation

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Selected as a Book of the Year 2017 in The Times


With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrere, begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.

'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... You say: True crime and literature? I don't believe it. I say: Believe it' Junot Diaz

'Mesmerising' Sunday Telegraph
'Stunning' Evening Standard
'Unputdownable' Washington Post
'A masterpiece' New York Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 149g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784705802
  • 9781784705800
  • 22,120

About Emmanuel Carrère

Emmanuel Carrere, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of The Adversary (a Sunday Times bestseller and New York Times Notable Book, translated into twenty-three languages), Lives Other Than My Own, My Life as a Russian Novel, Class Trip, Limonov (winner of the 2011 Prix Renaudot), The Mustache and, most recently, The Kingdom.
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"This is the sort of story I dreamed of covering when I was a journalist. The sort of story for which the phrase You couldn't make it up was invented. The Adversary takes a deep, mesmerising dive into the darkness of a human soul. There were moments when I truly could not believe what I was reading. But unlike other serial killer noirs sitting on my shelves, this horror is real. And so much more chilling for that." -- Fiona Barton, author of The Widow "The story told here is truly beyond the imagination for even the best crime writer" * Sunday Times * "The mesmerizing true crime tale of an apparently ordinary man whose life mutates in the space of a few blood-splattering hours from the realm of Renoir to that of Stephen King" * People * "He's the best kind of writer, not just a bestseller but a man who is not afraid to leave the comfort zone of his desk, go out into the world, take risks, and get his shoes dirty" * Observer * "A triumph of insight and concision, brilliant both as a psychological study and as the portrayal of a community" -- Blake Morrison * Independent on Sunday * "A masterpiece... It's a level of moral discomfort almost without equal in literature" * New York Times * "Savagely intense and utterly compelling... This is his paciest and cleanest-cut book...few books could better deserve a second chance to find new readers" * Sunday Times * "The Adversary is exactly the idea I have of a modern novel: struggling deftly with facts and with itself" -- Laurent Binet, author of HHhH "An absolutely stunning piece of work, totally involving and unforgettable" * Evening Standard * "Unputdownable... Imagine a sleek, twenty-first century version of In Cold Blood" * Washington Post * "A remarkably thoughtful and unnerving book...mesmerising" * Sunday Telegraph * "Profoundly disturbing...a remarkable and undoubtedly important book - perhaps even a necessary one" * Daily Express * "A fascinating meditation on Jean-Claude Romand and what his bizarre life might mean... Carrere's inquiry is highly personal, written in lucid prose...the narrative is often mesmerizing, and revealing about the fragility of human relationships" * New York Times * "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... You say: True crime and Literature? I don't believe it. I say: Believe it" -- Junot Diaz "Justifiably considered the French In Cold Blood" * Paris Review *
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"Justifiably considered the French In Cold Blood"
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4,708 ratings
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4 44% (2,091)
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