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The Empire of the Wolves

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,984 ratings  ·  113 reviews
The international sensation -- a riveting and electrifying blend of mystery, terror, and tense, violent action

Anna Heymes fears she is losing her mind. The wife of a top-ranking Parisian official, she suffers from amnesia and terrifying hallucinations -- a living nightmare made more horrifying when psychiatric testing reveals that Anna has undergone drastic cosmetic
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Ecco (first published 2003)
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Nov 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was really bad. I'm embarrassed on behalf of France as a whole.
Ova - Excuse My Reading
This was a gripping read, maybe not a literally strong book but the plot is intriguing and it's definitely a page turner with a few shockers!
A Girl Has No Name
3.5 stars!

Jean-Christophe Grangé is a great author and I have already read several of his books with great pleasure. I have read most of them in French and I must say that I prefer the French original to the German translations. While Das Imperium der Wölfe is one of his most known books, I enjoyed other (less-known) books better. Nevertheless, the story has been very interesting and I was hooked all the time. The plot was fast paced and intriguing, but I somehow wasn't able to feel a strong
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I put this book on hold from the library not because I knew what it was about or that it had been recommended to me, but because I knew that theyd made a movie out of itand the movie was French. I have a soft spot for French movies . But because the movie isnt available at my library, I had to read the book first. And now, I have a soft spot for French books.

I havent read a book in years that has captured my attention so well. From the very first sentence, I was hooked. For the first twelve or
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is actually strange book and it is the first book that read which most things are about my country. Thats why it was a different experience for me.
Will Byrnes
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Jacob Overmark
Someone please help me ...
Through the first 100 pages I had the distinct feeling I had read this before, possibly with a few minor variations.

As usual for Jean-Christophe Grangé , the build-up is strong. We meet some interesting characters, though quite stereotyped, and are thrown into the fire right away.
Slowly what you think is the plot is unveiled and you begin guessing in what direction this will turn.
My bet is your guess is as wrong as mine because the story sidetracks a few times.

It has been years since I read this book but I still remember the plot and characters in detail. This book started off very interesting for me; the main character suffers from partial amnesia, she forgets his husbands face but no-one elses. I was instantly pulled in and could not put this book down first. Writing is graphic and detailed, which I enjoyed. Too bad the ending was, in my opinion, terrible. I want to like this book more than I do, this had so much potential but the ending was boring ...more
Nazım Can
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
There are too many details about moments and descriptions. Probably he thought about his book perhaps be pretty much on these way but no. Because too many sentences for descriptions. The books Gets tired quickly. But I liked generally. Also I want to say we Turks don't bad persons as he has showed via his book hahaha!
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, although approximately 60% of it was completely predictable, the book did not cease to amaze me with its twists. Grange's knowledge about Turkish right-wing extremists is also impressive.

P.S. İsmail Kutsi and Azer Akarca are fictitious names. Sorry for the disappointment.
Nur Onder
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The fiction is amazing. The story ends up in one of the most beautiful places in İStanbul.
The caracters are pretty admirable.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-reads
Grangé is the new GRR Martin.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audiobook, 2020
Really a page turner. Listened to the German audio book and liked the narrator. Fast paced story, interesting plot, but I didn't like the ending. It came quite fast and wasn't "satisfying" at all. But nevertheless a very good Grangé.
Heather Young
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was pretty brutal, a good read though, I'll definitely look for more books from this author.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot and great twists. You really get invested in the characters. Builds up tension and provides lots of gruesome details.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book like other Grangé's books. But it has wrong information about Turkish culture and people but it is not a information book so that is okay
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect!! <3
Amy Teetaert
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bit dark at times but a great story that always has you guessing with unexpected twists and turns right to the end.
Vladimir Kolkov
Boring, uninteresting
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. But not good.
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jean-Christophe Grangés The Empire of the Wolves is harrowingly graphic. A secret right-wing Turkish sect is busy butchering its way through the textile-worker community in Paris (all trafficked women from Turkey). The wife of a senior bureaucrat is having violent flashbacks that lead her towards paranoia and breakdown. The policeman investigating the serial killings is forced to rope in a retired colleague, a man who has been well-known for his efficiency in keeping crime down in the Turkish ...more
Translated from the French, this thriller opens with a rather cliched hook (amnesia) but it is done very well. Memory loss is an overused conceit in fiction (and soap operas), but when done in a fresh way, it works very well to immediately create a connection between reader and character. And this book does have a fresh feeling with its extensive detail, memorable characters and a shifting perspectives. But, the book offers too many points-of-view and the book suffers from a sort of ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
3,5 stars

In this book, there's a lot of mystery waiting for you - even when you think you know what's going to happen, you'll always end up surprised. I liked the way how the random pieces of information conected to each other and how more and more secrets have been discovered. The reason why I gave the book only 3,5 stars is that the ending seems to me like the author couldn't wait to finish the book HUGE SPOILER (view spoiler)
Celeste Magnificent
So far the book is really interesting. The book is splitting into two stories that will eventually reunite for the plot. There is a woman who is losing her memory and suspects her husband of playing a role in her losing her memory. There is also a police officer who decides to bring a loose cannon out of retirement to help him seek out a serial killer in a neighborhood of Paris where no one talks to the police. The serial killer is only killing redheaded women. This fact wasn't released to the ...more
Jan 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Apr 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited about this as it was written by an author whose book Crimson River was made into a pretty good French horror movie with Jean Reno. However, the translation was so awkward that reading it was painful. I couldn't read but a few chapters before I put it down in frustration. Maybe I'll come back to it some day and have something good to say about it.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was really hard for me to decide whether to give 4 or 3 stars.
Firstly, he plot is really powerful and you form a certain bond with the main characters.

I read this book in English and I feel that the translation was bad. At some points the writing language kind of disturbed me and that was a strong setback for me.

Overall, it is a worth-reading book.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Horrific serial murders of Turkish women, a woman who is starting to wonder if her husband is who he says he is. An exciting thriller with lots of twists and turns. Not your typical mystery well worth a read.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jean-Christophe Grangé est un journaliste, reporter international, écrivain, scénariste né le 15 juillet 1961 à Boulogne-Billancourt. Il est l'un des rares écrivains français dans le domaine du thriller à s'être fait un nom aux États-Unis.
Après une maîtrise de lettres à la Sorbonne (axée sur Gustave Flaubert), il devient rédacteur publicitaire, puis travaille pour une agence de presse. En 1989, à

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