The Prone Gunman
The Prone Gunman
City Lights Noir
Translated by James Brook

Top Mystery Book of 2002, The New York Times Book Review

This is the darkest of dark noirs, in the tradition of Jim Thompson, and the last novel Manchette would publish before his early death. Every word Manchette wrote is worth your time, much as those of one of his predecessors in French minimalism, Georges Bernanos, is. —Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books

Also recommended by Andy, City Lights Books

Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game—so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. After all, that's why he took up this profession! But the Organization won't let him go: they have other plans. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position. A tour de force, this violent tale shatters as many illusions about life and politics as bodies.

Sean Penn will star in the film adaptation, coming in 2015, as The Gunman.

Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) rescued the French crime novel from the grip of stodgy police procedurals, restoring the noir edge by virtue of his post-1968 leftism. Manchette is a totem to a generation of French mystery writers, and his stories have inspired several films, including Claude Chabrol's Nada.

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Title The Prone Gunman
Subtitle City Lights Noir
Translated by James Brook
Collection City Lights Noir
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 June 2002
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 180 p.
ISBN-10 0872864022
ISBN-13 9780872864023
Publication Date 01 June 2002
Main content page count 180
Dimensions 5 x 7.3 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.95

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