Douglas Kennedy's new novel proves once again that he excels at writing sophisticated popular fiction
Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin, Maine and New York.
"Nail-bitingly compulsive... A thumping good read. Kennedy has done it again" * The Times *
"An extraordinary tour de force" * Mail on Sunday *
"I ended up missing my stop to finish it" * Daily Telegraph *
"Classic Kennedy... extraordinarily compelling... Kennedy handles a morally complex, yet also surprisingly satisfying, ending with consummate skill, proving what a master he is" * Daily Mirror *
"A grim, claustrophobic atmosphere is layered with sleazy transactions and the emotional flaws of the characters. It's all neatly captured in Kennedy's sharp, shoot-from-the-hip prose" * Independent on Sunday *
The latest in a wave of Kennedy novels to be published in the states in rapid succession (The Moment; etc.) creates a tense sense of unease as a shamed man starting over in Paris realizes he can't hide from his past. Harry Ricks is a disgraced professor from the Midwest, whose indiscretions with a student have lost him his job and marriage. He flees to Paris and finds a squalid tenement to live in and a dodgy job as a watchman for an illegal business he resolves to know nothing about. Things start to look up after he begins an affair with a mysterious woman named Margit Kadar, but soon bad things start happening to the people who have caused Harry problems in his past, bringing unwanted attention from the police. When he uncovers the truth about what's going on and realizes how enmeshed he is in a very bizarre scheme, he quickly realizes he may never be able to extricate himself. The twist itself is a bit of a stretch, but once the reader accepts it, the story goes to some strange and rewarding places before stalling out at the end, as if Kennedy isn't sure where, exactly, to go. It's an unfortunately meek ending to an otherwise intriguing novel. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.