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Mortelle Randonnée

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  222 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The Woman. She's beautiful, and seductive, and as shifting as a shadow. Her name, her appearance, and her victims are forever changing. There is only one constant in the woman's life: her chilling motive. . . .

The Eye. A private investigator, driven and obsessed. A desperate loner with secrets of his own. His job? To follow the woman. But catching her is the last thing on
Paperback, 247 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Gallimard Education (first published 1980)
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Jack Tripper

Here's the cover of the 1981 Ballantine Books mass-market paperback.
El alquimista del tedio .
!Qué historia, por Dios!.

He acabado extenuado después de leerme este noir devenido en un “largo documental de viaje”.

Se preguntarán qué os lo que tiene esta novelita para que todo bicho viviente hable maravillas de esta novela de poco más de 200 páginas.

Ojo que va un spoiler de proporciones Gasolianas. ¿De qué va la novela de marras?. Pues va de:

Noches de bodas


Serpientes de cascabel
Tom Vater
May 19, 2012 Tom Vater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, this is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Stay away from the movie, I suggest, it is pretty awful, but this tale of a PI following a serial killer for 25 years across the US, watching her kill and not doing anything other than dreaming and drooling, is a real winner. Written by the guy who also wrote Help, the Beatles movie. Unlikely factoid but true. Excellent book.
I can usually read anything but just cant get into this one! Don't care enough to finish.
Feb 18, 2014 Eccentrika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, crime
E' un romanzo hard-boiled, il primo in assoluto di questo genere che leggo, e non mi è dispiaciuto. E' la continua e incessante fuga in ogni parte degli Stati Uniti che fa da protagonista, infatti mi ha ricordato molto una di quelle storie "on the road" che andavano molto di moda negli anni '60'70 (come del resto è ambientato il libro). Ha il difetto di essere un po' troppo ripetitivo e ossessivo, ma non so se "difetto" sia proprio il termine giusto, dato che questa caratterica (anche se mi ha u ...more
Martin Rose
Dec 22, 2013 Martin Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir
This is a story about a private investigator who follows the destructive path of a female serial killer across the country over at least a decade if not longer; what's fascinating is this story is told with these characters almost entirely isolated from each other over the course of the entire novel.

Other readers have mentioned they find the characters "flat" and the writing uninspired; I think this is general misunderstanding. I wouldn't presume to know the author's mind, but in reading it, I d
Mar 14, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Αρκετά περίεργο και ξεχωριστό αστυνομικό νουάρ, μ'έναν ιδιωτικό ντετέκτιβ, το Μάτι, που μετά από μια απλή, φαινομενικά, υπόθεση παρακολούθησης, θα ανακαλύψει μια όμορφη και παράξενη νεαρή κοπέλα, που απ'ότι αποδεικνύεται στην συνέχεια πρόκειται για μια κατά συρροήν δολοφόνο. Το Μάτι θ'αρχίσει να ακολουθεί από πίσω την κοπέλα αυτή, η οποία αλλάζει συνεχώς εξωτερική εμφάνιση και ταυτότητα και μετακινείται από πόλη σε πόλη, γνωρίζει άντρες, που πολλές φορές παντρεύεται, τους οποίους στην συνέχεια σ ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Sogorb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La reciente promoción de libros a 1,95 entre El País y SerieNegra ya me permitió conocer de primera mano a figuras como Jim Thompson o Dashiell Hammett, y a esto hay que sumar darme a conocer autores que desconocía por completo, como Marc Behm. Este autor americano, de Nueva Jersey, participó en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y se quedó a vivir en Francia, donde ya con cincuenta años comenzó a dedicarse a las letras como novelista a partir de finales de los setenta; antes como guionista desde los año ...more
Amanda Colangelo
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Mariano Pastor
Nov 03, 2014 Mariano Pastor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dos protagonistas con problemas mentales: una bella joven que ha tenido una infancia desafortunada y un detective obsesionado con su hija desaparecida. Ella sobrevive usando su físico para seducir hombres a los que robar y eliminar. Él es su sombra y la protege manteniéndose en un anonimato que ambos aceptan. Una carrera por toda Norteamérica llena de asesinatos planeados o improvisados. Varios años huyendo juntos, a pocos metros uno de otro, del FBI.
Had there been a rating less than 1 star, I would have given that. Totally avoidable.

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Oct 19, 2015 Detroit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un milagro de libro de un autor maldito como pocos. Muy, muy recomendable, al igual que sus relatos cortos.
Martin Stanley
I enjoyed it, but it is an essentially plotless road trip in the company of two sociopaths (one of whom is also a serial killer). The flat, affectless style didn't pull me in to the tale, but it did at least make The Eye come to life and give some indication of his love for the woman he watches for years.
Nov 24, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this as a love story, and I like something about the characters, which don't strike me as all that flat. I think this is pulp fiction with the soul of literature, and that's probably why it seems so disappointing. The general plot is not exactly revolutionary, the writing is somewhat clunky and seems to be trying too hard to fit itself in the genre when it should be blossoming into something unique. It's like a blurry photograph that *could* be some rare cryptozoological wonder... if only ...more
Álvaro Martín Rodríguez
No me llegó a entusiasmar tanto como cabía esperar, pero tiene una buena combinación de literatura bestia y culta al mismo tiempo.
Jim Coughenour
A bleak weird little novel with cardboard characters. The narrator has no name (he's simply "the Eye"); the femme fatale has about fifty. The story thuds with the recursive monotony of a fever dream. First published in 1980, it evokes the obsessive pulp plots of Jim Thompson's 50s fiction. Or Simenon's Red Lights. Or James Ellroy's Killer on the Road.

This one's for hardcore noir enthusiasts only. It was as exciting as watching someone stencil a bloody knife on a bare plaster wall, again and agai
Jun 04, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read
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The idea is great, the writing not so great. Especially the second half of the novel suffers from loss of momentum, and the characters are a bit flat. All in all entertaining but probably not a book I'd re-read. I recommend "Mortelle randonnée", the movie based on the book (with Michel Serrault and Isabelle Adjani) - same storyline, much better writing.
Jun 07, 2010 Bob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another of those "hard-to-find cult classics" that should stay hard to find. I think I'm just tired of the genre, even if this one does add the twist of an obsessive detective who stalks and even participates in the femme fatale's serial murders.
Sara Bravo
No me ha gustado nada. Creo que a la historia le falta mucho, y no es creíble que un detective de carpetazo a su trabajo para seguir a una asesina sin informar.
Feb 15, 2008 Belda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought the book because I love the movie so. The book is so different, yet retains the "ambiance" I so loved in the movie. Well written, with great imagery.
May 26, 2013 Atram_sinprisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creo que va a ser una de esas novelas que se grabarán en mi retina. Tiene algo especial qué no sé explicar, pero juraría que no la voy a olvidar con facilidad.
Oct 21, 2013 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Marc Behm was an American novelist, actor and screenwriter, who lived as an expatriate in France.

Behm developed a fascination for French culture while serving in the US army during World War II; later, he appeared as an actor on several French television programmes, before moving there permanently.
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