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The Front Seat Passenger [Format Kindle]

Pascal Garnier , Jane Aitken

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Fabien and Sylvie had both known their marriage was no longer working. And yet when Sylvie is involved in a fatal car accident, her husband is stunned to discover that she had a lover who died alongside her. With thoughts of revenge on his mind, Fabien decides to find out about the lover’s widow, Martine, first by stalking her, then by breaking into her home. He really needs to get Martine on her own. But she never goes anywhere without her formidable best friend, Madeleine...

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 145 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1908313633
  • Editeur : Gallic Books; Édition : Tra (10 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent French crime. 22 mai 2014
Par col2910 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Another new to me author and one who is sadly no longer with us. French author Garnier died in March 2010. Gallic Books have so far published 5 of Garnier’s short slices of French noir, with a sixth The Islanders due out in November of this year. Thanks to Jose - The Game's Afoot (The Panda Theory review) and Sarah at Crimepieces (The Front Seat Passenger review) for bringing Garnier to my attention.

There’s a lot to like with this book. It’s short – always a plus in my reading world, dark and a little bit disturbing. I was reminded of a Stephen King book and film at one point when Garnier turned the plot on its head. I won’t name check the book because it may reveal a bit too much about things and I wouldn’t want to go spoiling things for anyone.

We have an interesting main character, Fabien. Someone who I was rooting for without ever actually liking him. He’s a bit too passive and lethargic to actually feel any great sympathy for him. He has a strange, uncomfortable relationship with his father and only one good friend in his life.

We have a couple of strong females, Madeleine and Sylvie. Neither are particularly likeable and warming, though they’re perhaps a lot more interesting because of this. No family with the demise of Sylvie’s husband and only each other, until Fabien unwittingly engineers an introduction.

Great set-up, great twist, touches of humour and dispassionate violence. Odd characters, with their own secrets and hang-ups and foibles.

Verdict – quirky and unlike anything I have read for a while.

5 from 5.

Always one to impulsively stockpile books ahead of sampling an author,
How’s the Pain, The A26, Moon in a Dead Eye and The Panda Theory are all waiting for me. I don't think I will be regretting my pre-emptive purchasing!

Grateful thanks to Emily at Gallic for my copy of this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 French noir at its best... 18 avril 2014
Par Raven - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I think that it is probably a given that I am an ardent admirer of the work of the late, lamented Pascal Garnier, with his small, yet perfectly formed, dark slices of fiction that always put the less savoury aspects of the human psyche so succinctly under the microscope.

As you can see from the synopsis, the premise is simple enough, with a man discovering the infidelity of his wife, and her death occuring in the company of her lover. However, in the spirit of Garnier’s twisted and grimly humorous style, does Fabien merely retreat into a wave of self-pity and grief from the discovery of this affair? No- he seeks retribution by pursuing Martine, the widow of his wife’s lover, and what we bear witness to is a man that is entirely disengaged with the emotions of grief, and hellbent on his own twisted motives for revenge. With his Machiavellian plotting to woo Martine, and extricate her from the overbearing influence of her best friend Madeleine, Garnier produces some singularly absurd moments, that have you laughing and cringing in equal measure. However, this being a trademark example of the grim and disconcerting narratives that Garnier produces, the tables are swiftly turned on the scheming Fabien in a truly surprising fashion.

It is this ability of Garnier to insert the ridiculous and the horrific in fairly normal aspects of life and turns of events that set him so far apart from his contemporaries. His books are slim, but contain an expansive scope of the deepest and most dislikeable characteristics of his protagonists, but not so far removed that they do not strike some sort of chord or recognition from his readers. By focusing on the essential and most destructive aspects of human emotions and employing his style of writing, the familiar is made familiar, where we can recognise our own emotions, but also unfamilliar in the way that his protagonists deal with, and react to, these emotions. Thus, the absurd situations that arise are merely an extension of how some people would react in situations like these, but taken to a whole new existential level, in an effort to resonate with the natural wit and intelligence of his readers. The ordinary is made extraordinary, and our reading pleasure is amplified because of this, punctuated as it is by moments of dark humour, and moral revulsion.

Alluding to the writing style of Garnier himself, these are slim works of genius and little more needs to be said. Fin
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark tale of tangled relationships 11 septembre 2014
Par kegraham - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was my second Garnier book to read, having read "How's the Pain?" and really enjoyed it. The plot relates how the main character, after finding out that his wife was killed in a car crash with her lover, seeks out a relationship with the lover's wife. After that, it gets even stranger! The book tells the story in a matter-of-fact but menacing manner that is quite compelling. The ending ( which I won't give away) was slightly weak, but overall, a very entertaining and stimulating read
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Noir with a twist 11 mars 2014
Par Liz Wilkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Translated by Jane Aitken.

Thank you kindly for the review copy.

Fabien and Sylvie both knew their marriage wasn’t working. But when Sylvie is involved in a fatal car accident, Fabien is stunned to discover she had a lover who died with her. Harbouring thoughts of revenge, he tracks down the lover’s widow, Martine, and begins stalking her. Fabien is desperate to get Martine on her own. And that won’t happen until he deals with her protective best friend, Madeleine..

So this is the second book from Pascal Garnier, sadly no longer with us, that I have read – and once more I was struck by the sheer power of the writing, even though he has a wonderful straightforward style about him. It grips you very early on and whilst being extremely intense it is also incredibly easy to read.

In this story Fabien is shocked to discover, after her death, that his wife was keeping secrets from him. Various ironically dark thought processes lead him to a desperate need to track down Martine, with dreams of revenge…but he may be out of his depth. You know the saying “Oh what a tangled web we weave..” ..well that is this book in a nutshell. If there is one thing that Pascal Garnier does with aplomb its irony.

This is not a happy tale – but it is addictive, paced perfectly and a lovely example of noir with a twist that will keep you happily turning the pages until you find out what is ultimately in store for all the characters. I actually grew quite fond of Fabien although he has stunningly bad judgement and you do want to yell at him a lot. Still, its those characters that make a reading experience real and Pascal Garnier also does real very well.

All in all another wonderful little read from an author that will be sadly missed. I am extremely pleased that Gallic is bringing his stories to our shores and kudos to the translator who did such a brilliant job.

Happy Reading Folks!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 19 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Lots of neat twists and tight writing until a weak ending.
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