Are Snakes Necessary? (Hardcover)

By Brian De Palma, Susan Lehman

Hard Case Crime, 9781789091205, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

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"It's like having a new Brian De Palma picture." - Martin Scorsese, Academy Award-winning director


When the beautiful young videographer offered to join his campaign, Senator Lee Rogers should've known better. But saying no would have taken a stronger man than Rogers, with his ailing wife and his robust libido. Enter Barton Brock, the senator's fixer. He's already gotten rid of one troublesome young woman -- how hard could this new one turn out to be?

Pursued from Washington D.C. to the streets of Paris, 18-year-old Fanny Cours knows her reputation and budding career are on the line. But what she doesn't realize is that her life might be as well...

About the Author

BRIAN DE PALMA is the world-famous director of more than thirty films, including Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables, Dressed to Kill, Body Double, Blow Out, and the original Mission: Impossible. The subject of the 2015 documentary De Palma, he is considered one of the most accomplished filmmakers of the last fifty years, a peer to directors such as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese and an inspiration to next-generation directors such as Quentin Tarantino.

SUSAN LEHMAN is a former editor of the New York Times and author whose writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The New Yorker, and Spy magazine. An attorney by training, she also served as communications director at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Praise For Are Snakes Necessary?

“It’s like having a new Brian De Palma picture.” – Martin Scorsese, Academy Award-winning director

“Brilliant, lurid, twisty fun…compulsively readable and fiendishly constructed.” – David Koepp, screenwriter of Jurassic Park

“One of the world's greatest filmmakers has helped produce a fast-moving page turner, breathlessly paced…irresistible for any De Palma fan." – Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho

"Deliciously deceptive....right at home in a De Palma movie (something in the mode of Dressed to Kill or Body Double)...a wonderful, immensely satisfying thriller." -- Booklist Starred Review