The Prone Gunman

The Prone Gunman

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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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SeattleSueLibrary
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.

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Winnipeg1
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.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

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

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RichardPaul
Jul 04, 2011

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

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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