The King of Fools (Pushkin Vertigo #13) (Paperback)

By Frédéric Dard, Louise Lalaurie (Translated by)

Pushkin Vertigo, 9781782271970, 193pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

List Price: 13.95*
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An ingenious thriller, set in Edinburgh, from the master of French noir.

Jean-Marie can't believe his luck when he has a passionate triste with a beautiful young Englishwoman, Marjory, who is holidaying in the Côte d'Azur. However, when he discovers his lover is married he is crestfallen, and when she returns to her home in rainy Edinburgh he is heartbroken. He takes a fateful decision: to follow her.

He arrives in Scotland. but soon the jealous husband appears, and a deadly encounter is only the beginning of a nightmarish, disorienting drama.

About the Author

Frédéric Dard (1921-2000) was one of the best known and loved French crime writers of the twentieth century. Enormously prolific, he wrote more than three hundred thrillers, suspense stories, plays and screenplays, under a variety of noms de plume, throughout his long and illustrious career, which also saw him win the 1957 Grand prix de littérature policière for The Executioner Weeps, forthcoming from Pushkin Vertigo. Dard's Bird in a Cage, The Wicked Go to Hell, Crush and the The Gravediggers' Bread are also available or forthcoming from Pushkin Vertigo.

Praise For The King of Fools (Pushkin Vertigo #13)

"sure to appeal to fans of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon. . . A slim novel with laconic prose and a stunning plot, The King of Fools will keep many a mystery lover up too late--and waiting eagerly for the next novel of Dard's to be translated into English." -- Jessica Howard, bookseller at Bookmans, in Shelf Awareness

"A book about a love story gone bad … charming and engaging far beyond the plot details." — International Crime Fiction

"The French master of noir." -- The Observer

"Alongside the Maigret novels of Georges Simenon there is a rich vein of period French crime still to be tapped. Frédéric Dard is a case in point." -- Daily Mail

"The literary descendant of Simenon and Celine." -- Le Figaro

"No question: for me, he was the greatest." -- Philippe Geluck

"France's most popular post-war author." -- L'Express

"His language is cutting, his point-of-view original and his verdict uncompromising... One of the few twentieth-century authors to win both critical acclaim and great popularity." -- Solidarité Militaire