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Ivory Pearl by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Ivory Pearl

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Ivory Pearl by Jean-Patrick Manchette
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May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781681372105

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“The opening chapter in particular is as sharp and brutal as anything Manchette wrote, including his masterpiece, The Prone Gunman. The obsessive details…might make even Ian Fleming feel uninformed…Noir fans won’t want to miss this one.” —Publishers Weekly

“In his final, unfinished novel, available for the first time in English, Manchette departs from crime fiction—but not extreme violence—to deliver a saga of high adventure…Thanks to New York Review Books’ translations, the English-speaking world has a generous sampling of [Manchette’s] unique fiction to enjoy. Idiosyncratic French novelist Manchette…went out in style. Short but sprawling, the novel packs a mean punch.” —Kirkus Reviews

“His writing is lean and relentless.” —David L. Ulin, Los Angeles 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
“Manchette is legend among all of the crime writers I know, and with good reason: hHis 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 derive and déetournement to the point of comic absurdity, throwing a wrench into the workings of his main characters’ lives and gleefully recording the anarchy that results.” —Jennifer Howard, Boston Review

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