Wednesday, August 31, 2011

11.17 Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Fatale (1977 ) - by Jean-Patrick Manchette

I came across this guy when I was flipping through some graphic novels at the comic store. Fantagraphics has put out some illustrated adaptations of this French crime novelist who wrote in the 70s. Few of his books have been translated but the library had recent NYRB imprint.

The novel is short but taut. Aimée is kind of a grifter/hitwoman looking for her next job. She is efficient and calculating but still remains human, not cold.

I have to say that the tone and style of this novel reminded me a lot of the books of Patricia Highsmith.

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