The Prone Gunman

The Prone Gunman

eBook - 2002
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Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942b?"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."
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.
Publisher: New York : City Lights Publishers, 2002
ISBN: 9780872866966
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Brook, James
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Dec 02, 2016

Quick read: may, in its day, have been considered daring but now all the action is telegraphed as inevitable after the first set of murders. No one is spared; however, the ironic ending is amusing in that the protagonist ends up becoming exactly that which he had abhored growing up. Most loose ends are tied up. Most, not all.

I have no way of knowing if this is better in its original language but presume it is.

Jul 29, 2012

152 pages of suspenseful thriller. Everything this author wrote just crackles, meaning the translations are exceptional as well. Author is highly recommended.

Jan 10, 2012

It's a depressing story mainly of fairly constant violence by and against people with few redeeming characteristics.

Jul 04, 2011

The Prone Gunman ----
C-1981 by: Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995)

Translated by James Brook ----

This book has the gift of Jean-Patrick Manchette's, Blunt facts of happening. ---- Nicely stated by other reviews: as Economy! ----
For some the read will be slow and hard to grasp. There are no frills or fluff in the happenings. The read is worth it: A Pulp fiction of the surreal lives of cold blooded People users. ----

Enjoy! ----

Richard Paul


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Jul 07, 2011

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