The Godmother (Paperback)

A Crime Novel

By Hannelore Cayre, Stephanie Smee (Translator)

ECW Press, 9781770415430, 192pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (11/26/2019)
MP3 CD (11/26/2019)

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Description

Inspiration for the major motion picture Mama Weed; translated from the international bestseller La Daronne, winner of the European Crime Fiction Prize and the Grand Prix de Litt rature Polici re, France's most prestigious prize for crime fiction

Meet Patience Portefeux, a fifty-three-year-old, underpaid Franco-Arab interpreter for the Ministry of Justice who specializes in phone tapping. Widowed after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is now wedged between university fees for her grown-up daughters and nursing home costs for her aging mother.

Happening upon an especially revealing set of police wiretaps ahead of all other authorities, Patience makes a life-altering decision that sees her intervening in -- and infiltrating -- the machinations of a massive drug deal. She thus embarks on an entirely new career path: Patience becomes The Godmother.

This is not the French idyll of postcards and stock photos. With a gallery of traffickers, dealers, police officers, and politicians, The Godmother casts its sharp and amusing gaze on everyday survival in contemporary France. With an unforgettable woman at its center, Hannelore Cayre's bestselling novel reveals a European criminal underground that has rarely been seen.