Afterword by Jean Echenoz
Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith

Aimée Joubert, the central character in Fatale, is a matter-of-fact businesswoman killer. In only his third novel translated into English (the two others published by City Lights), Manchette delivers a terse, immediate tale where Aimée deals the all-male power structure precise lethality. A skyrocketing finale seals this gem. —Recommended by Scott, City Lights Books

Whether you call her a coldhearted grifter or the soul of modern capitalism, there's no question that Aimée is a killer and a more than professional one. Now she's set her eyes on a backwater burg—where, while posing as an innocent (albeit drop-dead gorgeous) newcomer to town, she means to sniff out old grudges and engineer new opportunities, deftly playing different people and different interests against each other the better, as always, to make a killing. But then something snaps: the master manipulator falls prey to a pure and wayward passion.

Aimée has become the avenging angel of her own nihilism, exacting the destruction of a whole society of destroyers. An unholy original, Jean-Patrick Manchette transformed the modern detective novel into a weapon of gleeful satire and anarchic fun. In Fatale he mixes equal measures of farce, mayhem, and madness to prepare a rare literary cocktail that packs a devastating punch.

Title Fatale
Afterword by Jean Echenoz
Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith
Publisher NYRB Classics
Title First Published 26 April 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 112 p.
ISBN-10 1590173813
ISBN-13 9781590173817
Publication Date 26 April 2011
Main content page count 112
Weight 16 oz.

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