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Jean-Patrick Manchette – The Mad and the Bad

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Manchette takes the crime novel to another level. Blood, sex, money, betrayal, hatred, and selfishness are all present in such a manner and volume that the average crime writer would blush. But Manchette isn’t the average crime writer, and his clearcut prose style of cartoon-style violence is more Tarantino than Agatha Christie. Much more.
An NYRB Classics Original

Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for Fiction

Michel Hartog, a sometime architect, is a powerful businessman and famous philanthropist whose immense  fortune has just grown that much greater following the death of his brother in an accident. Peter is his orphaned nephew—a spoiled brat. Julie is in an insane asylum. Thompson is a hired gunman with a serious ulcer. Michel hires Julie to look after Peter. And he hires Thompson to kill them. Julie and Peter escape. Thompson pursues. Bullets fly. Bodies accumulate.

The craziness is just getting started.

Like Jean-Patrick Manchette’s celebrated Fatale, The Mad and the Bad is a clear-eyed, cold-blooded, pitch-perfect work of creative destruction.

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