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About the book
Deadly professional assassin Martin Terrier returns to Paris after his latest job determined to get out of the game. Ten years ago he made a promise to return to his childhood sweetheart in the south of France. But circumstances put Martin's attempted retirement on hold: a key target is flying in to Paris, and there is only one man fit for the task of eliminating him. As Martin flees southwards, desperate to return to the crushing mediocrity of life in a backwater town, he finds his former employers will stop at nothing to regain his services for one last job.Bursting with Gallic irony and visceral brutality, The Gunman (originally published in English as The Prone Gunman) is a shocking and sardonic masterpiece from the late, great master of the French crime novel, J-P Manchette.
Muscular and economical, and when the violence inevitably erupts, it does so with shocking effect ... Manchette zeroes in with uncanny precision on the failures of society and his floundering protagonists
One of the last cool, compact and shockingly original crime novels
A stylish and uncompromising noir with a whiff of Gallic existentialism to complete the amorality
France's king of noir fiction, he writes with a bleak, tragic beauty ... brilliant
Manchette turns pulp fiction into art