NTA Longlist: The Mad and the Bad by Jean-Patrick Manchette translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith

The Mad and the Bad by Jean-Patrick Manchette, translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith (New York Review Books)

Manchette-the-mad-and-the-bad_1024x1024Donald Nicholson-Smith brings the violence, humor, and social satire of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Mad and the Bad into a no-nonsense English that perfectly suits this taut hallucination of a novel. The prose soars above messy thriller to a higher plane of rich substance and tough-love cynicism. Nicholson-Smith’s command of the noir idiom as he accesses a great range of registers in this genre-bending work pulls the reader into a sinister and riveting world.

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