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Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942–1995)

Author of Fatale

40+ Works 2,445 Members 86 Reviews 8 Favorited

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Works by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Fatale (1977) 441 copies
The Prone Gunman (1981) 352 copies
The Mad and the Bad (1972) 263 copies
Three to Kill (1977) 252 copies
Nada (1972) 209 copies
West Coast Blues (2005) 154 copies
No room at the morgue (1973) 145 copies
The N'Gustro Affair (1971) 114 copies
Ivory Pearl (1996) 70 copies
Piovono morti (1976) 66 copies
Griffu (1981) — Author — 58 copies
Skeletons in the Closet (1976) 41 copies
Romans noirs (2005) 32 copies

Associated Works

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1966) — Translator, some editions — 1,718 copies
Club del Misterio, volum 6 (1982) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Beautifully written and spare, this story of a less-than-brilliant gunman looking to retire is a bit reminiscent of something James Sallis at his best might write. The situations and the settings are all very well done. There is even a bit of humor. This is about as noir as it gets. Obviously, a great translation!
 
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datrappert | 14 other reviews | Feb 20, 2024 |
I never thought I’d be rooting for a killer-for-hire woman--and a psychopathic one at that--but, the beautiful, sexy Aimee is one of those unforgettable characters who’s very rare in noir fiction. I’ve never read anything quite like this brilliant novella. The writing is tight and it flies by. I couldn’t put it down.
The best line was delivered by the baron when he was showing Aimee around his home.

“My bedroom,” he said. “I’m not going to invite you in there to copulate; we are not well enough acquainted for that.”

If you are a fan of crime fiction in the James M. Cain tradition, this one's for you.
And, what a fantastic cover on the paperback edition!
… (more)
 
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MickeyMole | 25 other reviews | Oct 2, 2023 |
Una Mauser... serve a fare dei buchi, a porre fine alle discussioni, a semplificare l'esistenza umana.
(dalla copertina e dall'interno)
 
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NewLibrary78 | Jul 22, 2023 |
La legge e l'ordine.
Possiamo vivere senza la polizia?
...
Cosa significa la disgregazione dei valori?
Negli ultimi tempi verranno momenti difficili.
Paul Zwickau (91)

Forse meglio come trama di un telefilm (oppure il fumo uccide... anche la creativita'!).
 
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NewLibrary78 | 14 other reviews | Jul 22, 2023 |

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