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The 7th Woman (Paris Homicide) [Kindle Edition]

Frédérique Molay , Anne Trager
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Frédérique Molay is the French Michael Connelly" – Jean Miot, former head of Agence France Presse (AFP).

Winner of France's prestigious Prix du Quai des Orfèvres prize for best crime fiction, named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year, and already an international bestseller with over 150,000 copies sold.

There's no rest for Paris's top criminal investigation division, La Crim'. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure? The story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page, leading you behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. It has the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details. You will never experience Paris the same way again! 

"A taut and terror-filled thriller with a lightning-quick, sinister plot." – Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

"Ratcheting tension won't let you put the book down." – Cara Black, bestselling author of Paris mysteries


Editorial Reviews

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Praise:
“Frédérique Molay is the French Michael Connelly.”
–Jean Miot,  journalist, former editorial director for the French daily Le Figaro and former president of Agence France Press

The 7th Woman is a taut and terror-filled thriller. Frédérique Molay navigates French police procedure with a deft touch, creating a lightning-quick, sinister plot with twists and turns that kept me reading late and guessing to the very end. Inspector Nico Sirsky is every bit as engaging and dogged as Arkady Renko in Gorky Park and is sure to become a favorite with readers in the United States and around the world.”
–New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni

The 7th Woman blends suspense and authentic police procedure with a parallel tale of redemption. Well-drawn characters and ratcheting tension won’t let you put the book down. I read this in one sitting.”
– Paris mystery writer Cara Black

“It is a handsomely written and wonderfully translated Parisian police procedural that also will prowl your mind. The ugly parts are appalling, but Molay has the prowess to touch lightly upon them before exploring the horror seeping into the hardened police ranks." –Durango Herald

"A remarkable plot that races forward and focuses on likeable characters. An unequivocal success.”
–L’Action Française

“It’s really an excellent book. It’s the kind of suspense that makes you miss your subway stop or make you turn off you phone once you’ve started it, and we are hoping that Frédérique Molay writes many more like it.”
–RTL

“An excellent crime novel that you read in one sitting.”
–L’Express/Lire

“Skillful suspense.”
–Lire

“You barely have time to catch your breath between turning the pages of this spine-tingling novel. ”
–Cine Tele Revue

Reviews:
ForeWord Reviews: “a slick, highly realistic, and impeccably crafted thriller. Likeable characters, outstanding pacing, and unexpected plot twists that keep readers guessing throughout…an extraordinary, hard-hitting novel.”

Above the Law – At the Scene of the Crime: “Author Frérerique Molay writes very well, and occasionally there is a touch of horror and a layer of suspense throughout…the plot manages to take you to interesting places. And overall, it was an enjoyable book to read. I commend Anne Trager’s translation of the book—it was really quite well-done, and the editing and formatting for the Kindle was also well done.”

CriminalElement.com: Fresh Meat: “Author Frédérique Molay does a superb job of building the suspense in overt and subtle ways…Don’t pick this book up unless you’re planning to read for a while because, I assure you, you won’t be able to put it down.”

From the Back Cover

There’s no rest for Paris’s top criminal investigation division, La Crim’. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure? The story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page, leading you behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. It has the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details, all set in the beautiful French capital.

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  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ED24VC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gory but good read December 31, 2012
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The 7th Woman is the first in a series of books focused around Nico Sirsky, Chief of Police. At this time, as far as I am aware, this is the only book of the series translated into English. This book was written by a French author.

Be aware that this book depicts many gory scenes, describing in great detail the murder and mutilation of women. This book also includes cursing up to and including the "F" word. If this offends you stay far away from this book.

This book is about Nico Sirsky, a 38 year old Chief of Police for Le Crime. Part of the Parisian Police Department. This young Chief has to prove his worthiness of having such a high ranking job. Not only does the book include Sirsky's work in finding a serial killer you also get insight into his busy life with a depressed ex-wife, a teenage son, and what he does to cope with such a stressful career.

I had a very hard time deciding whether or not to rate this book 3 or 4 stars. I decided to give the author the benefit of the doubt and rate 4 stars because she was able to keep me up later at night then usual reading because I wanted to know exactly how it ended.

With that said I have to admit determining who the killer was was depressingly easy. I knew the entire time. That in itself discouraged me. However the author did attempt to throw a lot of twists and turns into the book and kept it interesting. I began to like the characters so although I knew who the killer was I wanted to see if Sirsky could prevent any more victims and just how he would go about doing it.

This book was translated into English and the translation was done well. There were a few minor errors but nothing to really distract from the story.

If you like police procedurals and don't mind gore this book is a good change of scenery and a decent read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast page turner February 9, 2013
By zapper
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My first read about Nico Sirsky and the French Police. A little far fetched plot is made readable by good writing (although) translated), but it kept me enthralled and turning pages faster then normal. Molay gives the reader Paris, its people and its police in a new light. I want more from Molay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Le French Book November 10, 2012
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One of the great things about reading mysteries and thrillers that take place outside of the USA and are written by local authors is that they often give the reader not only a great read but also teach us about another culture or justice system. We have always had a number of Italian authors in this category. We have not had nearly as many French authors, although the prolific Belgian author Georges Simenon certainly contributed significantly to the genre. Into this breach Le French Book, a small publisher intent on bringing out successful French mysteries and thrillers in translation in e book form, is a welcome addition. To date they have released 3 books. All of them excellent and all of them different. For those interested - the others are Treachery in Bordeaux - which is a nice "cozy" mystery that also informs us quite a bit about the wine industry, and The Paris Lawyer, a great story about a young woman lawyer who takes on a case in the French countryside which evoques in her memory past events of signifiant importance.

In this book we are treated to a classical police procedural. The story is gripping (a gripping story is one that I stay up too late reading), a bit gory - as others have mentioned - and educational as to the workings of the Paris police. Like most good detective stories false leads and possible suspects abound. Patience and good police work win out, but at a significant cost.

Although translated from the French, all three of the books are highly readable. I hope that we will see more like these in the near future.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Big disappointment. I like a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end. I knew who the killer was in this novel the instant the character was introduced. I could have put up with the gore if it was a good read, but it wasn't. At least not for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 7th Woman November 9, 2012
By Cphe
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I don't give many books 5 stars unless they are exceptional to me. This book is well worth the rating. It is the best mystery/police procedural I have read in quite some time.

Nico Sirsky is head of the Paris Criminal Investigative Unit. He is young for the post but is exceptionally brilliant for the job. There are a series of deadly and gruesome murders that take place in Paris and Nico is taunted relentlessly by the perpetrator. Nico and his team have to race against the clock to find a killer that leaves very little clue for the team to go on. The killer is targeting women closer and closer to Nico and appears to have a lot of inside information.

The series of murders are presented graphically by the author and the writing and story is presented in a tautly, intricate manner. The use of forensics (think C.S.I) is well written and believable. There are many red herrings in this story which added to the complexity of the story.

If you enjoy police procedural/mystery stories then this book is well worth a look at. I found it time and money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent but gripping August 20, 2013
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At 3:40 a.m. I am impressed enough by Ms. Molay's crime fiction that I must recommended it to fans of French genre fiction and well-done police procedurals. The translator has a deft touch and manages to leave the rhythms of the French language in her translation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Big dud from Paris
This was hugely disappointing. A good detective series set in France -- for me, this is not it; hopes dashed! The main character was poorly developed. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Evanston Mystery Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars quality and pace of this story were second to none
While admittedly not my first go-to reads, I am obsessed with ‘how things work’ in other countries so Frédérique Molay’s The 7th Woman was a must grab for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gaele
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Nail Biter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The 7th Woman by Frederique Molay is a Le French Book publication. Originally published in 2006, this book was made available in digital format and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by gpangel
3.0 out of 5 stars A gory police procedural set in Paris
A serial killer is intent on killing 7 women in 7 days in Paris, and police chief Nico Sirsky is on the case. Read more
Published 8 months ago by W. McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Seven Days, Seven Women...
When Marie-Hélène Jory is found murdered and horribly mutilated in her apartment, it seems as if she may have been killed by someone close to her. Read more
Published 10 months ago by FictionFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Addictive
One of the best books I have read in a long time. This book should come with a warning - Highly Addictive! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynda Birch
3.0 out of 5 stars A different cadence
I liked the book. It was interesting to to experience another culture's sense of right and wrong. That difference sometimes got in the way and other times made the book more... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dneo
4.0 out of 5 stars The 7th Woman
Nico Sirsky is a French police commander, specifically the head of the Criminal Investigation Division in Paris. He is among the youngest commanders at 38, and incredibly capable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by vacg
3.0 out of 5 stars the last half was great!
Neither a full police procedural nor a deep murder mystery, but certainly some of both. The hook is late, so you need patience to get to the really good parts!
Published 11 months ago by W. Mobley
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Police Procedural
A serial killer is active in Paris and he has warned the police that he intends to kill one woman a day for seven days. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Maxine McLister
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More About the Author

Writing has always been a passion for Frédérique Molay, author of the international bestseller The 7th Woman. She graduated from France's prestigious Science Po and began her career in politics and the French administration. She worked as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire. Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven. After The 7th Woman took France by storm, Frédérique Molay dedicated her life to writing and raising her three children. She has five books to her name, with three in the Chief Inspector Nico Sirsky series and a fourth on the way.

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