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The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  719 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Dany Longo is blonde, beautiful, disturbed, passionate--and nearsighted. As she speeds through the south of France in a purloined Thunderbird on an errand for her employer and his wife, no one, including Dany herself, knows where she is headed--or why she is going there.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published 1968 by Souvenir Press (first published 1966)
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Thomas
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Βαθμολογία: ★

Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι ένα ψέμα! Αγαπητέ Japrisot, άλλο να βάζεις αναξιόπιστο αφηγητή και άλλο να μας κοροϊδεύεις κατάμουτρα! Εγώ φταίω που μου άρεσε κιόλας στην αρχή και δεν ήξερα ο άνθρωπος για να το παρατήσω εγκαίρως. Όλο αυτό το «τι έκανε; ποιος το έκανε; δεν το έκανε; τελικά μήπως το έκανε; α δεν το έκανε;» το μόνο που κατάφερε ήταν να με συγχύσει και να με εκνευρίσει. Δεν απορώ πάντως με τις θετικές κριτικές. Ο συγγραφέας προσπαθεί να σε πείσει ότι τάχα έχει γράψει ένα «έξυπνο»
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Chrissy
Interesting but unsatisfying. Japrisot falls to the mystery novel trap of building up an immensely intriguing and suspenseful narrative that he has to then tear apart clumsily in the last 30 pages to explain himself. The first two "acts" are stunning psychological noir material, fast-paced and full of character intricacies, secrets, and neuroses; an absolute thrill to read, the kind that forces your hand to keep turning the pages. The main character, Dany, grows more and more interesting over th ...more
Laura
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I read this book a couple of years ago and could not put it down. I recently bought myself a copy in hardcover (I had borrowed my mom's previously) and immediately wanted to read it again. I'm still absolutely in love with this book.

First of all, Japrisot's writing style is phenomenal and it hooks you immediately. He creates intricate plots with complex characters and the story moves in a way that you just don't want to stop reading. This is probably my all time favorite book of his (although I
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Fenia Vazaka
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Το τελείωσα από καθαρά ψυχαναγκαστικούς λόγους, απλώς για να το τελειώσω.
Απίστευτα κουραστική διήγηση, απίστευτα παρατραβηγμένο και τρελό σενάριο, απίστευτα τακτοποιημένο τέλος "όπως μας βολεύει" και μάλλον απίστευτες ήταν και οι ποσότητες των ναρκωτικών που κατανάλωνε ο συγγραφέας όταν το έγραφε...
Ελένη Αθανασίου
Ο κ. Japrisot γράφει πολύ καλά. Εχει στυλ! Αλλά αν θες να διαβάσεις ένα αστυνομικό τραβηγμένο απ τα μαλλιά, διάλεξες το σωστό βιβλίο. Ασκοπες φλυαρίες στα πρώτα 2/3 της ιστορίας, που σε φτάνουν στα όρια του εκνευρισμού και μια λύση που πιο απίθανη δεν γίνεται. Εκτός αν διάβασα μια ιστορία επιστημονικής φαντασίας και απλώς δεν το κατάλαβα!
Kelso
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an expertly crafted book. I don’t normally read murder mysteries or noir thrillers, but this was excellent. Very intelligent and gripping. I recommend this one if you can find it.
Adrienne
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-language
Written in the 60's and therefore representative of it's time. So don't read this if you are easily offended by the 'misogyny' of the era (yes men did hit women and yes women hit them back....Burton and Taylor did it on umpteen occasions was it right? was it right to have kids working in cotton mills in 1800's Lancashire? I rest my case.....)

I loved this, and thought it would adapt very well to film; black and white;subtitles;'spoken' internal dialogue.

Story takes place over two days and is a da
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Kerry Pickens
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I read this book because it was on Ken Follet's of favorite books. It is old school noir. Not like The Thin Man with witty dialogue, but more like James Cain or Jim Thompson. The main character Dany is in a situation where she is not sure if she is coming unhinged or being conned. No spoilers so you will have to read it to find out who put the body in the trunk.
Karen
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic that I read in college, I just reread it. It is one of those books that haunted me--and was a revelation at the time. It still stands up pretty well, but knowing the ending takes away from the suspense. If you haven't read it, you're in for a treat! I notice Amazon lists it new for $45, but you can get used copies in various shape for the price of shipping.
Phoebe
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must've read this book in the early 1970s -- sought it out after I read in one of Simone de Beauvoir's autobiographies that she and Sarte really liked it, and figured a murder mystery good enough for them was good enough for me! I've recommended it to others since, and nobody's been disappointed.
Mary Ellen
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watched the recent movie version and then read the Japrisot's book. Imagine it wasn't easy to translate into a movie, but the book has much more power. The book provides the context one needs while keeping mystery and suspense. Anita and her husband are developed characters in the book. The whole story line about the relationship between Anita and Dany and Dany and Mama Supe also enriches the plot. The marriage of Danny and arrest of Caravaille were a let down at the end of the story.
Edmond Overbey
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian Japrisot is an anagram of the author's name. This is a quick read. Don't start it too late in the day. You will want to finish it before you set it down.
Lavinia
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so happy when I've known for a fact I was right all along about what had really happened! Well written :)
Anne
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
très bonne lecture, difficile à poser.
Kenneth
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A noir-type novel. Strange ending.
Emiliano Bussolo
Un bel "suspense", come lo definisce con felice espressione d'antan la nota di copertina. Ben scritto, affine stilisticamente alla corrente del nouveau roman ma senza derive eccessivamente criptiche, preciso, acuto, spiazzante nella costruzione dell'intreccio e "cool" nell'ambientazione, a partire dalla thunderbird-feticcio. Un po' prolisso e macchinoso nel disvelamento a ritroso del meccanismo.
Dany Longo, la ragazza parigina che non aveva mai visto il mare, rimarrà a lungo con il lettore anche
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Karel
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adapted, 2015
Ondanks dat Dame in auto met bril en geweer geschreven en vertaald is in de jaren '60, is het heel levendig en vlot. Japrisot hanteerde een enorm moderne taal die atypisch was voor zijn tijd.

Dit boek is een (psychologische) thriller die heel actueel aanvoelt (het lijkt me dat ene Gillian Flynn veel van deze schrijver geleerd heeft), maar tegelijk bol staat van verwijzingen naar de typische Franse populaire cultuur en sociale verhoudingen van de jaren '60. Meestal had ik geen idee wat er precies
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Jared Della Rocca
This is a REALLY difficult book to follow. Imagine watching a Hitchcock film. Backwards. In French. Without subtitles. Yeah, I think you get the picture.

First off, all the geography is French. Every landmark to the story, be it highway, hotel, or cafe - French. So to try and remember where she's been or where she's going is a lot harder than saying, "I went from the Empire State Building and then to Upper Manhattan, before quickly grabbing a subway and catching a flight from JFK."
Second, the p
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Pauly
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite mystery novels.

A young lady decides, on a pure whim, to take her boss's car on a joyride to the Mediterranean (the action takes place in France during Bastille Day celebrations). She stops at a gas station to fill up the car, a brilliant white Thunderbird, and walks off to the bathroom to wash her face.
There she is attacked by an unknown assailant. Nothing is taken from her but her wrist is broken. When she complains to the manager of the station he tells her, bewildered, that
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Maria Altiki
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Ο αυθεντικός τίτλος του βιβλίου τα λέει όλα , «The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun»
(Η κυρία στο αυτοκίνητο με τα γυαλιά και ένα όπλο). Ένα πολύ καλογραμμένο neo polar σε πρωτοπρόσωπη αφήγηση από την αριστοτεχνική πένα του Sebastian Japrisot ή αλλιώς του επονομαζόμενου και «Γκράχαμ Γκριν της Γαλλίας» . Οι εξελίξεις του βιβλίου είναι καταιγιστικές και προχωρώντας την ανάγνωση βυθίζεσαι σε ένα λαβύρινθο γεμάτο γρίφους, οφθαλμαπάτες αλλά και ένοχα μυστικά. Μήπως η ηρωίδα είναι τρελή; Μήπως δι
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Printable Tire
I thought this was going to be a sort of second-rate The Driver's Seat (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66...), but it's actually a formulaic, though very well written, psychological thriller. The whole time we are left to wonder whether Dany is a mad, unreliable narrator, and we are given no reason to guess she isn't until 3/4 through the book. The ending is a steamroller, devoid of the subtlety of the rest of the book, but until then it's a fine ride, though I found it oddly depressing, may ...more
Wanda
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
"The Lady in the Car with the Glasses and a Gun" was written in 1966 and translated from French. A secretary takes her boss's car for a long ride from Paris to the south of France. Throughout the journey she finds traces of herself along the way -- in places she has never been before. A fascinating read.

At times I found myself lost in the events that were happening. I don't know if that was a result of the translation or the author's writing. Regardless, I stayed engaged and would read Sébastie
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David Bonesteel
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Dani takes her boss's Thunderbird for a joyride on impulse. Before long, a mysterious assailant breaks her hand in a service station bathroom and she begins to encounter people along the road who claim to have met her before. When she discovers a body in the trunk of the car, her descent into nightmare is nearly complete. Dani will question her very sanity and sense of identity before author Sebastien Japrisot unveils the truth to her and us in his clever, surprising finale. Dani is a ...more
David B
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Dani takes her boss's Thunderbird for a joyride on impulse. Before long, a mysterious assailant breaks her hand in a service station bathroom and she begins to encounter people along the road who claim to have met her before. When she discovers a body in the trunk of the car, her descent into nightmare is nearly complete. Dani will question her very sanity and sense of identity before author Sebastien Japrisot unveils the truth to her and us in his clever, surprising finale. Dani is a ...more
fiafia
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman très célèbre en Russie (pour des raisons, en dehors de sa qualité littéraire, que les étrangers et les plus jeunes ne sauront plus comprendre) mais plutôt méconnu en France, je l'ai relu en attendant la sortie du film éponyme de Sfar, annoncée pour le mois d'avril. Pour le film, silence radio pour le moment mais j'ai aimé avoir relu le livre quelques dizaines d'années après la première fois et en version originale. Le charme opère toujours. Étonnant et délicieusement suranné. Hâte de voir ...more
Catherine Letendre
Très surprenant. Je ne suis habituellement pas une fan de suspense, mais celui-ci est très bien monté. À un moment donné on ne comprend plus rien et on se laisse simplement porter par l'histoire en attendant son dénouement. Ce que j'ai beaucoup apprécié c'est l'absence de violence, de stress, d'humour noir et de gens macabres. Comment l'auteur a réussi à écrire un suspense sans toutes ces choses négatives, je n'en ai aucune idée, mais c'est très réussi!
Marie
Dámu jsem četla poprvé asi před třiceti lety a v mých vzpomínkách to byla skvělá detektivka - tento víkend jsem si ji dala podruhé a musím s radostí konstatovat, že neztratila nic ze své brilantnosti. Je to skvěle vystavěný příběh, který nabere na prvních stránkách své tempo a vy prostě musíte hltat stránky, protože "jak to doopravdy bylo" je otázkou života smrti. Je to chytré, skvěle napsané, hlavní hrdinka je sympatická - co víc si od detektivky přát?
Laura
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai tellement aimé ce roman conseillé par mon libraire ! Japrisot manie avec un talent incroyable le suspense et les retournements de situations... La psychologie des personnes est très fine, et l'intrigue de ce thriller est si bien menée ! On s'imagine tous les dénouements, tous les coupables et toutes les victimes et puis finalement... on est sans cesse surpris !
C'est simple, je suis FAN de Japrisot !
Val  Nefyodova
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Five starts straight.

All the modern 'girls on the train' and 'gone girls' 'trillers' with the twist seem rubbish now - here is a PROPER suspense psychological thriller, with twists so unpredictable and thrilling, making you read this beauty from cover to cover non-stop.

Oh I am so happy to have found you, Sebastian Apricot :-)
Kristine
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great psychological suspense by Sebastien Japrisot. Keeps you guessing until the end. It's a hard-to-find book though, as are all his books except A Very Long Engagement, which I thought was excellent. I wonder why his mysteries are out of print, since this one was so entertaining. I went into it knowing nothing about the plot, as it should be, so I won't say anything more.
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Sébastien Japrisot was a French author, screenwriter and film director, born in Marseille. His pseudonym was an anagram of Jean-Baptiste Rossi, his real name. Japrisot has been nicknamed "the Graham Greene of France".
Famous in the Francophony, he was little known in the English-speaking world, though a number of his novels have been translated into English and have been made into films.
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