Includes, 1982-1995: Les Livres du mois, also published separately.
The 7th Woman
Author: Fr?D?Rique Molay, Fraedaerique Molay
Publisher: Le French Book
With a serial killer targeting young, professional women in Paris, Chief of Police Nico Sirsky races against time to find the murderer as the targets get closer and closer to his inner circle.
Author: Cercle de la librairie (France)
Have Mercy on Us All
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When a Parisian town crier receives anonymous, ominous messages warning of an imminent outbreak of the Black Death, genius detective Commissaire Adamsberg and his straight-edged sidekick, Danglard, begin to suspect that the predictions are linked to strange marks that have appeared on doorways, a mystery that is complicated by a suspicious death. Original. 25,00 first printing.
Blood Red Rivers
Author: Jean-Christophe Grangé
In a world of knife-edge glaciers, a hideous crime leads two maverick detectives to confront the limits of human evil. A corpse is discovered wedged in an isolated crevice. It has been horribly mutilated. The brilliant but violent ex-commando Pierre Niémans is sent from Paris to the French Alps to lead the investigation. Meanwhile, in a town in south-west France, Karim Abdouf, a young Arab policeman, is trying to find out why the tomb of a young child has been desecrated. When a second baby is found, high up in a glacier, the paths of the two policemen are joined in the search for their killers, a trail that embroils them in the mysterious cult of the Blood-Red Rivers.
The Shadow Of The Hound
Author: Claudio Ruggeri
Publisher: Babelcube Inc.
The body of a young woman is found in the woods, from the first clues both motive and the name of the murderer seems clear to everyone, except to Vincent Germano, the commissioner decides to investigate further.
The sinister, ghostly presence of the mysterious Belphegor is haunting the Louvre, seeking the Treasure of the Kings of France. Against him are pitted the indomitable Chantecoq, the King of the Detectives, and the fearless journalist Jacques Bellegarde. A duel to the death begins between the murderous Phantom of the Louvre and his enemies throughout the City of Lights. Written in 1927 by Arthur Bernede, the author of Judex, this classic of French criminal literature spawned no less than three motion pictures, one television series and one animated show. This new, unabridged translation by J-M. & R. Lofficier also includes a detailed synopsis of the celebrated 1965 remake starring Juliette Greco.
Never More Than Twice
Author: Claudio Ruggeri
Publisher: Babelcube Inc.
A message found in a bottle and the curiosity of an antiquarian lead Vincent Germano to launch an investigation, the conclusion of which can only be at the limits of improbability. The chief will often be surrounded by persons to whom he will have to give an explanation, issue an order or ask for advice, but in fact he will be alone, as are all those who are seeking the truth.
A Man's Head
Author: Georges Simenon
A new translation of Georges Simenon's atmospheric novel set in the bustling streets of Paris, book nine in the new Penguin Maigret series. Slowly the Czech was becoming animated, but in a muted way, so typical of the man. Maigret now noticed his hands, which were long, surprisingly white and dotted with freckles. They seemed to reach out and take part in the conversation. 'Let's be clear that it's not your professionalism which I question. If you understand nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, it's because from the very start you've been working with facts which had been falsified.' Maigret sets out to prove the innocence of a man condemned to death for a brutal murder. As his audacious plan to uncover the truth unfolds, he encounters rich American expatriates, some truly dangerous characters and their hidden motives. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in previous translations as Maigret's War of Nerves and A Battle of Nerves. 'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.' - John Gray 'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.' - The Guardian 'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness.' - The Independent From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Michel Benoit
Publisher: Alma Books
When his friend Andrei is mysteriously killed on his way back from Rome, Father Nil, a Benedictine who teaches the Gospel of St. John to novices, decides to conduct his own investigation. The dead priest possessed proof of the existence of a thirteenth apostle and an epistle stating that Jesus was nothing more than an inspired prophet, not the Son of God - two things that would spell great danger for the Church. Father Nil then discovers a previously unpublished account of the origins of Christianity. It tells of the Nazoreans - a community excluded from the official Church by Peter and Paul - who appear to have thrived until the 7th century, playing an important role in the birth of Islam. While he pushes ahead with his investigation, the Pope's advisors, rival factions and secret societies are trying, by any means, to lay their hands on the priest's findings. From the Mossad to Fatah, everyone seems to have a very good reason to keep the thirteenth apostle a secret... The story of an ancient sect detailed within papyrus sheaves hidden in the caves at Qumran forms the basis of this exhaustively researched novel. A captivating and thoroughly researched religious thriller comparable to Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
The Widow Lerouge
Author: Émile Gaboriau
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
This early work by Émile Gaboriau was originally published in 1866 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. 'The Widow Lerouge' is one of Gaboriau's novels of crime and mystery. Émile Gaboriau was born in the small town of Saujon, Charente-Maritime, France. During his twenties, he became a secretary to Paul Féval – a an author now regarded as one of the fathers of modern crime fiction, whose Jean Diable (1862) is seen as the world's first modern detective novel.
When the residents of a French Alpine village accuse a beardless local of being a werewolf and killing a sheep breeder, eccentric Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg teams up with his ex-girlfriend, the victim's adopted son, and a shepherd to investigate clues linked to the village's history. Original. 17,500 first printing.
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.