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"The dank and sweaty crime scenes in Paris Noir…testify to the fact that the French ...

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Paris Noir

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"The dank and sweaty crime scenes in Paris Noir…testify to the fact that the French invented “noir.” Among the jarring images in this story collection, Didier Daeninckx’s murky view of the after-hours scene in Porte Saint-Denis and Marc Villard’s gritty look at the sex trade in Les Halles are correctives to all those persistent romantic fantasies about the city.”—New York Times

Paris Noir takes you on a ride through the old medieval center of town with its winding streets, its ghosts, and its secrets buried in history. This is more than an homage to the crime genre, to Melville and Godard, it’s also a lush introduction to the very best in French fiction.

Brand-new stories from: Marc Villard, Didier Daeninckx, Jean-Bernard Pouy, Salim Bachi, Christophe Mercier, Jerome Leroy, DOA, Laurent Martin, Herve Prudon, Patrick Pecherot, Dominique Mainard, and Chantal Pelletier.

Aurélien Masson is the director of la Série Noire at Gallimard, one of France’s leading publishing companies.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
The dank and sweaty crime scenes in Paris Noir testify to the fact that the French invented "noir."
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Rarely has the City of Light seemed grittier than in this hard-boiled short story anthology, part of Akashic's noir series that began in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. The 12 freshly penned pulp fictions by some of France's most prominent practitioners play out in a kind of darker, parallel universe to the tourist mecca; visitors cross these pages at their peril, like the hapless hunk taken captive in Chantal Pelletier's kinky "The Chinese Guy." As is usual for such volumes, the quality varies considerably among the selections made by Masson, young editor of Gallimard's Série Noire, but it's worth fast-forwarding through the few duds for direct hits like Christophe Mercier's "Christmas," the poignant tale of a pair of doomed lovers on a snowy night in Pigalle, or Dominique Mainard's "La Vie en Rose," in which a Piaf-worthy tragedy unfolds amid her old haunts in Belleville. Bull's-eye. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936070404
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Akashic Noir Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 477,872
  • File size: 583 KB

Meet the Author

Aurélien Masson was born in 1975 and quit academia at the age of 24 to take a trip around the world. That's when he decided to become an editor. First he became an editorial assistant for la Série Noire at Gallimard, one of France's leading publishing companies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Pt. I City of Lights, City of Darkness

The Chauffer: Les Halles Marc Villard Villard, Marc 17

The Chinese Guy: Menilmontant Chantal Pelletier Pelletier, Chantal 35

Big Brother: Quartier Latin Salim Bachi Bachi, Salim 53

Berthet's Leaving: Gare du Nord Jerome Leroy Leroy, Jerome 75

Pt. II Liberation Lost

Like a Tragedy: Place de la Nation Laurent Martin Martin, Laurent 105

Christmas: Pigalle Christophe Mercier Mercier, Christophe 131

The Revenge of the Waiters: Le Marais Jean-Bernard Pouy Pouy, Jean-Bernard 154

La Vie en Rose: Belleville Dominique Mainard Mainard, Dominique 171

Pt. III Society of the Spectacle

Rue des Degres: Porte Saint-Denis Didier Daeninckx Daeninckx, Didier 197

Dead Memory: Les Batignolles Patrick Pecherot Pecherot, Patrick 219

Precious: Bastille Doa 236

No Comprendo The Stranger: Rue de la Sante Herve Prudon Prudon, Herve 255

About the Contributors 290

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