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Dominique Manotti is a professor of nineteenth-century economic history in Paris. She is the author of a number of novels including Rough Trade (winner of the French Crime Writers’ Association Award), Dead Horsemeat and Lorraine Connection, all published in English by Arcadia Books. Dead Horsemeat was shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie International Dagger Award, and Lorraine Connection won the same award in 2008.
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Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. A past winner of the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, Manotti is a French academic and crime writer with a sure touch for the nuances of contemporary society and an eye for the currents of violence thread through everyday life. In 1987 two prisoners break out of jail in a refuse lorry. One is soon killed in a bank robbery while the other settles in Paris under a borrowed name and becomes a security guard and, at night, writes the story of a Red Brigades member he'd heard about in prison. To his surprise the book is published and becomes a bestseller, which brings his past and implacable enemies as well as cops back to the surface. A short crime novel that packs a mean punch and looks at the reality behind today's headlines.
A past winner of Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, French author Manotti's crime books invariably focus on the injustice in contemporary society and the corruption that ensues. Her latest novel to be translated is a tale of intrigue and corruption and begins with the death of a call-girl and the disappearance of a plane between Paris and Iran. All threads lead rookie investigator Noria, to a hot bed of racism and intrigue. Gritty and never less than unputdownable.