WELCOME BERNARD BESSON
Award-winning thriller writer Bernard Besson, who was born in Lyon, France, in 1949, is a former top-level chief of staff of the French intelligence services, an eminent specialist in economic intelligence and Honorary General Controller of the French National Police. He was involved in dismantling Soviet spy rings in France and Western Europe when the USSR fell and has real inside knowledge from his work auditing intelligence services and the police. He has also written a number of prize-winning thrillers and several works of nonfiction. He currently lives in the fourteenth arrondissement of Paris, right down the street from his heroes.
Julie Rose is a prize-winning, world-renowned translator of major French thinkers, known for, among other works, her acclaimed translation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which was published by Random House in 2008. She has translated twenty-eight books, including many French classics, and writes on the side. She lives in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, with her husband, dog and two cats.
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7 insane—but true—things about French thrillers
by Anne Trager, founder of Le French Book
Ah, ze French! Who doesn’t love to dream about being in France? But how much do we really know about French thrillers? Here are some key things everyone should know about them. OK, they are not all that insane, but hey I did get your attention. 😉
– First of all, the French call a thriller a “thriller”—pronounced “TREE-lair.”
– French crime fiction has the same categories as you find elsewhere: action/suspense, detective and procedural, and noir.
– There tends to be more crossover between these subcategories.
– Historical novels are often less esoteric, and more focused on historical detail.
– Criminal suspense novels often concentrate more on confrontation with the bad guy, rather than with some shadow terrorist organization or mafia.
– The French love psychology and terror, can be more intellectual, and, surprisingly, less noir.
– Thriller crime writing in France has always been diverse. In the past you could find pulp spy thrillers by Gérard de Villiers and classic detective novels by Simenon, just like today you can fin quirky police procedurals by Fred Vargas, psychological thrillers by Sylvie Granotier, American-influenced suspense by Maxime Chattam, Nazi-conspiracy action by David Khara, and geopolitical eco-thrillers by Bernard Besson, just to name a few.
– According to the French specialist of all things noir and thrilleresque, the blogger Claude Le Nocher (http://action-suspense.over-blog.com/), “French suspense, noir and action novels seem to be getting closer to American-style thrillers, but without losing their French identity. French writers do not want to imitate North American or Scandinavian writers. Their imagination is linked to French culture and French society, with its qualities and faults.”
These are some of the reasons why we at Le French Book (http://www.lefrenchbook.com) are working to bring this very vibrant creative French culture to new readers.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A stylish, fast-paced spy thriller about the intrigue, economic warfare and struggles for natural resources promised by global warming. The Arctic ice caps are breaking up. Europe and the East Coast of the Unites States brace for a tidal wave. Meanwhile, former French intelligence officer John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained, steamy Eurasian partner, Victoire, and their bisexual computer-genius sidekick, Luc, pick up an ordinary freelance assignment that quickly leads them into the glacial silence of the great north, where a merciless war is being waged for control of discoveries that will change the future of humanity.
Release date: October 30, 2013
List price: $9.99
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Isbn: 978-1-939474-94-0 (Kindle)/ 978-1-939474-95-7 (epub)
113,000 words/285 pages
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