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The Prone Gunman (City Lights Noir) Paperback – June 1, 2002
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A legend in Europe for the spectacularly tight and innovative thrillers he wrote for Srie Noire beginning in 1971, Manchette (1942-1995) retired from the field after this tour de force of violence and the absurd appeared in 1981, apparently feeling he had reached the apex of his art. Martin Terrier plans on quitting his career as a paid assassin and marrying his childhood sweetheart, Anne, but his bosses in the gun-for-hire trade refuse to accept his resignation. Terrier's naive expectations that his girlfriend will have chastely waited for him are ridiculous, of course, but no more so than his ex-boss's idea that this human killing machine can be forced to perform one last contract on a visiting politician without profound collateral bloodshed. Terse behaviorist prose-"Terrier drew back a little on his seat and stopped pressing the barrel of the HK4 against the throat of the young man"-drives the narrative relentlessly and even gleefully forward. Absolutely nothing goes as planned, while the hit man knocks off anyone who gets in his way even as Manchette mercilessly (and amusingly) chronicles the impotence unexpectedly plaguing Terrier's love life. For the first time readers can experience in English translation the masterful thriller considered Manchette's finest, proof positive that the French knew what they were talking about when they labeled this sort of novel noir.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
French hit man Martin Terrier wants to quit the killing-for-francs business and go home to marry his childhood sweetheart. Those in charge want him to assassinate one more person--the Arab sheik Hakim--and, confiscating Terrier's savings, coerce him to do so. Learning that his assignment is actually a setup that will truly be his final mission, Terrier foils the plot just in time, gets his revenge, gets the girl, and starts a new life in the Ardennes. Fin? Non. Terrier's blissful retirement and our happy ending are spoiled by the leftover bullet lodged in his brain and his unsavory new tendency to blabber. His lack of savings forces him to work as a waiter, and his wife, tired of poverty and three-minute coitus, eventually leaves him. Originally published in France in 1981, this taut, fast-paced novel flexes with all the standard noir elements: mysterious motives, a gritty hero, detailed technical descriptions of firearms, and a high corpse-to-page ratio. Its ironic denouement also tempts us to interpret it as a commentary on French politics and on the noir genre itself. Brendan Driscoll
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Basic premise, a local town thug is returning to pick up his previous girlfriend from back when lived there. His problem is that he's a hitman and he's being followed by his connections angry that he hasn't done one last job for him. It seems like a tired story but what makes this work is that the whole town and everyone he meets adds to the story in a way that makes it feel fresh. First, nobody is really an idiot here. One character does stuff that seems like frankly slutty behavior only you realize it's a survival mechanism.
When I say no one's an idiot, I mean everyone is ready to do exactly what they need to stay alive and they are ready to do absolutely anything. It's that animal like intensity that makes the book so great. It's like watching those nature documentaries where a lions chase down buffaloes but the camera doesn't cut away from the kill or for that matter all the eating. Manchette gets that life outside of established civilized norms is nasty and short. He doesn't back off on it.
I'm hoping more of his stuff gets translated. He's an extremely consistent writer. Also, his works are short. You never feel like you wasted time.
Also, you should buy this book cause it's one more nail in the coffin of Sean Penn as any kind of actual artist. Everything he wanted to say politically was already built into this book but he's too old, too dumb, and too full of himself to go with it. He had a near impossible to miss target and succeeded wildly in screwing it up
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun and well written book. The author passed away years ago, but it is clear he was a really good writer and knew how to get to a point quickly and move a plot along at a rapid pace.
Lots of more or less meaningless deaths. No expressions of feelings. Except as an exercise, it succeeds only in being bleak and unsatisfying.
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This has only been re-issued in 2015 to boost Sean Penn's new movie.
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