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The Mad and the Bad

When a kidnapping goes wrong a young nanny, just released from an asylum, and her charge are pursued across the French countryside by bungling gangsters and a dyspeptic English hitman. This story is equal parts hardboiled thriller and capitalist satire. Winner of the French Grand…
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The Mad and the Bad

Written by Jean-Patrick Manchette, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith — Last month we celebrated Bastille Day with a look at the best French crime fiction. My two suggestions for that list were written by Manchette. The quality of this author hasn’t escaped the eye of publishers…
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Driven

Written by James Sallis — This is the sequel to Drive and follows hot on the heels of the movie adaptation of that 2005 book, which was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starred Ryan Gosling. Both a tribute to 80s heist movies such as…
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