Jean-Patrick Manchette





Jean-Patrick Manchette

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born
in Marseille, France
December 19, 1942

died
June 03, 1995

gender
male


About this author

Jean-Patrick Manchette was a French crime novelist credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the genre. He wrote ten short novels in the seventies and early eighties, and is widely recognized as the foremost French crime fiction author of the 1970s - 1980s . His stories are violent, existentialist explorations of the human condition and French society.

Manchette was politically to the left and his writing reflects this through his analysis of social positions and culture. His books are reminiscent of the nouvelle vague crime films of Jean-Pierre Melville, employing a similarly cool, existential style on a typically American genre (film noir for Melville and pulp novels for Manchette).

Three of his novels have been translated into English.
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 634 ratings — published 1977 — 14 editions
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 592 ratings — published 1981 — 24 editions
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Three to Kill
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 310 ratings — published 1976 — 13 editions
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The Mad and the Bad
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 275 ratings — published 1972 — 13 editions
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Nada
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1973 — 7 editions
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1976 — 8 editions
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1982 — 8 editions
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La Princesse Du Sang
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1973 — 6 editions
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Affaire N Gustro
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“It was a genuine revelation, you see," said Aimée to the baron. "They can be killed. The real assholes can be killed.”
Jean-Patrick Manchette, Fatale

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