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The Prone Gunman

The Prone Gunman (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Manchette, Jean-Patrick
Translated by Brook, James

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Also available in a new, movie tie-in edition, titled The Gunman (Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87286-664-5. Ebook ISBN: 9780872866652). Film opened March 20, 2015 starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone, directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). Martin Terrier is a hired ...killer who wants out of the game -- so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. After all, that's why he took up this profession! But the company won't let him go: they have other plans. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone firing position. A tour de force, this violent tale shatters as many illusions about life and politics as it does bodies. Jean-Patrick Manchette subjects his characters and the reader alike to a fierce exercise in style. This tightly plotted, corrosive parody of the success story is widely considered to be Manchette's masterpiece, and was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2002. The Prone Gunman is a classic of modern noir. For Manchette and the generation of writers who followed him, the crime novel is no mere entertainment, but a means to strip bare the failures of society, ripping through veils of appearance, deceit, and manipulation to the greed and violence that are the society's true engines. --Boston Globe There's not a superfluous word or overdone effect . . . one of the last cool, compact and shockingly original crime novels Manchette left as his legacy to modern noir fiction. --New York Times For the first time readers can experience in English translation the masterful thriller considered Manchette's finest, proof positive that the French knew what they were talking about when they labeled this sort of novel 'noir'. --Publishers Weekly This superbly muscular translation of the late French mystery writer Jean-Patrick Manchette's most celebrated work, The Prone Gunman, is the third volume issued [by] City Lights Noir. The series may prove to be the most needed contribution to contemporary fiction by any publisher in a good long while. --The San Francisco ChronicleJean-Patrick Manchette was a French crime novelist credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the genre. He wrote ten short novels in the 1970s and early 80s, and is widely recognized as the foremost French crime fiction author of that time. His stories are violent, existentialist explorations of the human condition and French society. Jazz saxophonist and screenwriter, Manchette was also a left-wing activist influenced as much by the writings of the Situationist International as by Dashiell Hammett. Jean-Patrick Manchette's other work, 3 to Kill is also published by City Lights Publishers.
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ISBN 9780872864023
Released NZ 1 Jun 2002
Publisher City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Alternate Format(s) View All (5 other possible title(s) available)
Series City Lights Noir
Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order

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ISBN-13 9780872864023
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Released 1 Jun 2002
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Manchette, Jean-Patrick
Translated by Brook, James
Series City Lights Noir
Category Crime & Mystery Fiction
Number of Pages 180
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 183mm
Spine: 8mm
Dewey Code FIC
Weight 142g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade