The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette audiobook

The Prone Gunman

By Jean-Patrick Manchette
Translated from the French by James Brook
Read by Ralph Lister

Blackstone Publishing 9780872864023
4.75 Hours 1
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Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart, Anne. After all, that's why he took up this profession in the first place. But the organization won't let him go—they have other, more deadly plans for him. There's a visiting politician, an Arab oil magnate, whom they want assassinated, and Terrier is their man. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position—but not everything goes according to plan. A tour de force, this violent tale shatters as many illusions about life and politics as it does bodies. It is perhaps the finest work from the pen of Jean-Patrick Manchette.

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A 2002 New York Times Notable Book: Mysteries

Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart, Anne. After all, that's why he took up this profession in the first place. But the organization won't let him go—they have other, more deadly plans for him. There's a visiting politician, an Arab oil magnate, whom they want assassinated, and Terrier is their man. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position—but not everything goes according to plan.

A tour de force, this violent tale shatters as many illusions about life and politics as it does bodies. It is perhaps the finest work from the pen of Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There’s not a superfluous word or overdone effect in [The Gunman], one of the last cool, compact, and shockingly original crime novels Manchette left as his legacy to modern noir fiction.” New York Times Book Review
“[The Gunman] is an unrelentingly grim story that proves impossible to put down.” Washington Post Book World
“This is lean, mean noir fiction that cleverly sends up the tough guy genre while incarnating it perfectly.” Detroit Free Press
“For Manchette…the crime novel is no mere entertainment but a means to strip bare the failures of society.” Boston Globe
“For the first time readers can experience in English translation the masterful thriller considered Manchette’s finest…noir.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Manchette is a master of both economy and irony. Brutal and bracing: Terrier’s tale fascinates even as it chills.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This taut, fast-paced novel flexes with all the standard noir elements: mysterious motives, a gritty hero, detailed technical descriptions of firearms, and a high corpse-to-page ratio.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Jean-Patrick Manchette

Author Bio: Jean-Patrick Manchette

Jean-Parick Manchette (1942–1995) rescued the French crime novel from the grip of stodgy police procedurals, restoring the noir edge by virtue of his post-1968 leftism. Today, Manchette is a totem to a generation of French mystery writers, and his stories have inspired several films, including Claude Chabrol’s The Nada Gang.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 4.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English