New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590173817, 98pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
A New York Review Books Original
Whether you call her a coldhearted grifter or the soul of modern capitalism, there's no question that AimEe is a killer and a more than professional one. Now she's set her eyes on a backwater burg--where, while posing as an innocent (albeit drop-dead gorgeous) newcomer to town, she means to sniff out old grudges and engineer new opportunities, deftly playing different people and different interests against each other the better, as always, to make a killing. But then something snaps: the master manipulator falls prey to a pure and wayward passion.
AimEe has become the avenging angel of her own nihilism, exacting the destruction of a whole society of destroyers. An unholy original, Jean-Patrick Manchette transformed the modern detective novel into a weapon of gleeful satire and anarchic fun. In "Fatale" he mixes equal measures of farce, mayhem, and madness to prepare a rare literary cocktail that packs a devastating punch.
Donald Nicholson-Smith's translations of noir fiction include Manchette's "Three to Kill, "Thierry Jonquet's "Mygale" (a.k.a. "Tarantula"), and (with Alyson Waters) Yasmina Khadra's "Cousin K." He has also translated works by Guy Debord, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Henri Lefebvre, Antonin Artaud, and Guillaume Apollinaire. Born in Manchester, England, he is a longtime resident of New York City.
Jean Echenoz is a prominent French novelist, many of whose works have been translated into English, among them "Chopin's Move" (1989), "Big Blondes" (1995), and most recently "Ravel" (2008) and
“Manchette is legend among all of the crime writers I know, and with good reason: his novels never fail to stun and thrill from page one.”
—Duane Swierczynski, Author of Expiration Date
“Manchette called crime novels ‘the great moral literature of our time.’ Manchette pushes the Situationist strategy of dérive and détournement to the point of comic absurdity, throwing a wrench into the workings of their main characters’ lives and gleefully recording the anarchy that results.”
—Jennifer Howard, Boston Review
“Cool, compact, and shockingly original.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“In France, which long ago embraced American crime fiction, thrillers are referred to as polars. And in France the godfather and wizard of polars is Jean-Patrick Manchette. . . . [H]e’s a massive figure. . . . There is gristle here, there is bone.” —The Boston Globe