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The Adversary

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The Adversary

A True Story of Monstrous Deception

By Emmanuel Carrere; Linda Coverdale (Translator)

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312420604, 208pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2002


Now a major motion picture starring Daniel Auteuil ("Sade, Girl on the Bridge, Jean de Florette") directed by Nicole Garcia ("Place Vendome")

Acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrere, whose fiction John Updike described as "stunning" ("The New Yorker") explores the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.

About the Author
Emmanuel Carrere is one of France's most critically acclaimed writers, author of screenplays, a biography of Philip K. Dick, and two novels, including Class Trip, which won the prestigious Prix Femina. A major bestseller in France, The Adversary is being published in eighteen countries. Carrere lives in Paris.

Praise For The Adversary

“Unputdownable...Imagine a sleek, twenty-first century version of In Cold Blood.” —The Washington Post Book World

“The mesmerizing true crime tale of an apparently ordinary man whose life mutates in the space of a few blood-splattering hours from the realm of Renoir to that of Stephen King.” —People

“Mesmerizing...a fascinating meditation on Jean-Claude Romand and what his bizarre life might mean.” —The New York Times Book Review

“As a writer, Carrère is straight berserk; as a storyteller he is so freakishly talented, so unassuming in grace and power that you only realize the hold he’s got on you when you attempt to pull away....You say: True crime and Literature? I don’t believe it. I say: Believe it.” —Junot Díaz, author of Drown