FORGOTTEN BOOKS #276: FATALE By Jean-Patrick Manchette

For today’s FFB Femme Fatale Special, I’ve chosen Jean-Patrick Manchette’s cool and clever noir novel, Fatale. Jean-Patrick Manchette is one of France’s best crime writers. This New York Review of Books edition, with an Afterword by Jean Echenoz and translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith, presents Aimée as an avenging angel who manipulates men and leads them to their doom. If you’re in the mood for a noir novel with blustering action and heart-pounding intensity, you can’t go wrong with Fatale. It doesn’t get much better than this.

4 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN BOOKS #276: FATALE By Jean-Patrick Manchette

    1. george Post author

      Prashant, if you do get in the mood for a noir femme fatale novel, I recommend Jean-Patrick Manchette’s FATALE. It’s terrific!

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    I heard Lee Child recommend Manchette at a Bouchercon panel (I think Patti Abbott ran it) and sought his books out afterwards. I was only able to find three in English – THREE TO KILL, THE PRONE GUNMAN and FATALE. I would second George’s recommendation. His books make fascinating reading.


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