The Great Swindle

by Pierre Lemaitre

Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction

The Great Swindle Synopsis

Back in civilian life, Albert and douard struggle to adjust to a society whose reverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those who survived. But the two soldiers conspire to enact an audacious form of revenge against the country that abandoned them to penury and despair, with a scheme to swindle the whole of France on an epic scale. Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action, douard's sister Madeleine has married Pradelle, who is running a little scam of his own...

The Great Swindle Press Reviews

'The vast sweep of the novel and its array of extraordinary secondary characters have attracted comparisons with the works of Balzac. Moving, angry, intelligent - and compulsive' -- Marcel Berlins The Times

'A big, swirling tale that itself reads like a 19th-century novel ... thick with detail, immersing the reader in its elaborately bleak world' -- Sarah Lyall New York Times

'This book is thick with detail, immersing the reader in its elaborately bleak world ... an irresistible story' -- Patricia Wall New York Times

'Exceptionally powerful examination of the aftermath of war and of the people whose lives were washed away in its wake' -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times

'Lemaitre's novel is a rare synthesis of the tragic and the comic - a masterclass in nail-biting suspense ... Frank Wynne is a superb translator who captures the rude exuberance of the original French' -- Edward Wilson Independent

'Lemaitre's deadpan ironic tone is beautifully caught by his regular translator Frank Wynne. A kind of Ealing comedy with a bruised but still beating heart, this is the most purely enjoyable book I've read this year' -- Jake Kerridge Sunday Express

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ISBN: 9780857053244
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857053244
Publication date: 5th November 2015
Author: Pierre Lemaitre
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Fiction in translation,

About Pierre Lemaitre

Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1956. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature and now devotes his time to writing novels and screenplays. In 2013 he was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, for Au revoir la-haut. Frank Wynne is a translator from French and Spanish. His translations include works by Michel Houellebecq, Marcelo Figueras's IFFP-shortlisted Kamchatka and Alex by Pierre Lemaitre.

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