Crime Fiction Alphabet: F is for France

Given that Paris is the location for what is (arguably) the world’s first detective story I thought France would be a suitable topic for this week’s contribution to the Crime Fiction Alphabet. I’ve chosen a mixture of books by French natives as well as books set in France written by ‘outsiders’.

France From Outside

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue was first published in a magazine in 1841. Set in Paris it depicts C. Auguste Dupin as a detective who solves the murder of Madame L’Espanaye and her daughter in the fourth floor locked room of an apartment building on the fictional street of the story’s title.  Several of the conventions which later became the norm for crime fiction, including the use of the detective’s friend as the story’s narrator and the use of deductive reasoning to resolve the mystery, debut in this story.

John Dickson Carr was another prolific American author who used France as the setting for some of his crime fiction. The first of his novels to do so was 1930’s It Walks By Night featuring Henri Bencolin, a judge d’instruction (or examining magistrate) as the protagonist. After watching both entrances for some time police raid a Parisian gambling den and find a head severed from the kneeling body of a man. There are no secret passages to explain how the murder took place while the police looked on. M. Bencolin went on to feature in 4 more of Carr’s novels.

Georges Simenon was Belgian but set his most popular series of stories, 75 novels and 28 short stories featuring Commissaire Jules Maigret, in France. Maigret was a pipe smoking, cider drinking, coat wearing police detective relying on a mixture of intuition and method to solve all manner of crimes. His last appearance was in 1972’s Maigret and Monsieur Charles which opens with Maigret refusing a promotion because it would stop him being ‘hands-on’. Instead he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy Parisian lawyer who has a secret life involving call girls (who know him as Monsieur Charles) and associated seediness.

Cara Black‘s series of novels featuring Aimée Leduc, a French/American private detective who specialises in corporate security, runs to 11 novels with this year’s release. The first of these was 1999’s Murder in the Marais in which Aimée is asked by a rabbi to decode an encrypted photograph from the 1940’s but when she goes to deliver it as requested she finds the body of an elderly Jewish woman. A tale of neo-Nazis, war-time collaborators and modern immigration disputes follows as Aimée and her business partner, the only dwarf in crime fiction (?), pull off several super-human feats of deduction and crime solving.

France From Within

Tonino Benacquista is a French novelist and screenwriter whose crime fiction books have been translated into English. Holy Smoke is the first of several novels to feature Antoine Andrieux, a young Basque in Paris who works as a handler in an art gallery by day and plays billiards by night. The publisher’s blurb gives this synopsis “Some favors simply cannot be refused. Tonio agrees to write a love letter for Dario, a low-rent Paris gigolo. When Dario is murdered, a single bullet to the head, Tonio finds he has been left a small vineyard near Naples. The wine is undrinkable, but an elaborate scam has been set up. The smell of easy money attracts the unwanted attentions of the Mafia and the Vatican and the unbridled hatred of the locals. Mafiosi aren’t choir boys, and monsignors can be very much like Mafiosi.” Badfellas is a standalone novel by Benacquista that tells the story of an American gangster who moves to a small town in France as part of the witness protection program and was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger Award.

A book that I have on my TBR and plan to read for this year’s Global Challenge is Xavier-Marie Bonnot’s The First Fingerprint. The blurb for the book says it “…introduces a policeman as polished as he is brutal, as charming as he is streetwise and as deceptively noble as he is coarse. Michel de Palma, called “the Baron” by his colleagues, knows the dark underside of the city of Marseille as do none of his rivals. But his enemies are everywhere: in the crime-infested sinks of the suburbs; in the sleek and squalid bars of the old quarter; even in the police ranks themselves. When Marseille is thrown into turmoil by a series of savage murders, each signed with a print of a three-fingered hand, the Baron is ordered to drop his present investigation into the puzzling death of historian Christine Autran. But the Baron ignores his instructions, for unbeknown to his colleagues he has discovered a bizarre connection between the two cases. Autran was researching Le Guen’s Cave, an underwater cavern containing some of the earliest engravings known to man – including a crude drawing of a three-fingered hand. De Palma heads to the university in Aix-en-Provence to investigate further, but the clique of pre-history professors he encounters are as hard to unravel as the meaning of the cave-drawing itself. As he gets closer to the truth, the group of academics closes ranks. Deliberately and alone, de Palma begins pursuing a mystery that dates back to the Ice Age.” This is the first book in a planned quartet.

Jean-Patrick Machette’s thriller Three to Kill was originally published in 1975 but only translated into English in 2002 (seven years after the author’s death). It tells the tale of an ordinary businessman who purely by chance witnesses a murder which puts him in the path of two hired hit men and he goes on the run. While it might sound like a tired old ‘average man in peril’ scenario it is a cut above the usual fodder in that crowded space. It’s lean, dark and full of the author’s left-leaning social commentary (which does occasionally get a bit tiresome but is largely forgivable due to the insight offered into French life). This one really is worth getting hold of if you can unearth a copy.

Dominque Manotti has written police procedurals and thrillers set in her native France. The only one I have read is Affairs of State which is a novel about the corrupting influence of power on…well…pretty much everyone. I thought the book lacked suspense (after a few pages it was pretty clear it would all end in tears) but the political insights and writing were top notch. I have another of Manotti’s books on order from the library.

Fred Vargas is probably one of the best known French crime writers because she has been so successful in winning awards. She has a series of procedurals featuring a peculiar police investigator but my favourite of her novels is a standalone called The Three Evangelists. In it an opera singer becomes obsessed by a tree planted in her garden without her knowledge and she turns to her neighbours, three young historians and a disgraced policeman, to discover how the tree came to be planted and what it means. The book is a little surreal at times but an absolute delight to read.

A French book I have yet to read but which was discussed by Maxine at Petrona last year is Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker (who is not French but lives there and has done for many years). Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about the book “Policing in Chief Bruno Courrèges’s sun-dappled patch of Périgord involves protecting local fromages from E.U. hygiene inspectors, orchestrating village parades and enjoying the obligatory leisurely lunch—that is, until the brutal murder of an elderly Algerian immigrant instantly jolts Walker’s second novel (after The Caves of Périgord) from provincial cozy to timely whodunit. As a high-powered team of investigators, including a criminally attractive female inspector, invade sleepy St. Denis to forestall any anti-Arab violence, the amiable Bruno must begin regarding his neighbors—or should we say potential suspects—in a rather different light.” I’ve yet to get my hands on it but I will. Soon.

Historical France

Quinn Fawcett‘s Death Wears a Crown is the second of two books to feature Madame Victoire Vernet who is the wife of the head of the military gendarmes in the Napoleonic era. In this novel she is called upon to foil a plot to assassinate Napoleon just as he is to be crowned Emperor.

Claude Izner is the pseudonym for two French sisters who have published a series of light historical mysteries set in and around Paris in the late 19th Century. Their hero is, like them, a book seller on the banks of the Seinne who gets into a series of scrapes. His first outing is in Murder on the Eifel Tower and he becomes involved in the investigation of a death at the opening of the iconic structure. This year sees the release of the 6th novel in this series.

Among the many (many) standalones and series set during or just after the Second World War in France my favourite is probably J Robert Janes’ series of 12 novels set in the 1940’s featuring one detective on each side of the conflict. In the first book, 1992’s Mayhem, Jean-Louis St Cyr of the Sureté and Herman Kohler of the Gestapo  investigate the discovery of a body near the Fontainbleu forest. Assuming the crime is resistance related the Nazi authorities want Herman to ‘solve’ it quickly with the ‘right’ result but the two detectives persevere with a proper investigation and discover that even in wartime family secrets and other mundane matters can be just as responsible for criminal acts as the armed conflict.

I know there are plenty more crime fiction tales set in France so please do tell me your favourites.

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Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise is hosting the crime fiction alphabet meme which requires the posting of an article relating to the letter of the week. Do join in the fun by reading the posts and/or contributing one of your own. You don’t have to write every week.

This is the second round of the meme which was first run from late 2009 to early 2010. My contributions that time were discussions of books with one word titles.

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12 Responses to Crime Fiction Alphabet: F is for France

  1. Kerrie says:

    Lovely lot of books to choose from there!


  2. Maxine says:

    Great post, Bernadette, you have covered all the French-set crime fiction books I’ve read (I think?) and several I haven’t. I have read another one of Manotti’s, Rough Trade, and it is totally different from Affairs of State. I don’t think that one is typical of her. . I also have to admit that I could not finish the next couple of Martin Walker books after the first- Bruno was a book I enjoyed a lot but like some other of the more whimsical authors, one visit is sufficient for me.
    I read A Jew Must Die by Jacques Chessex, which is written in French, but I think the author may be Swiss French so I don’t know if this counts?


  3. @Maxine Rough Trade is the one of Manotti’s I have on order but it seems quite popular as I am 9th in the queue. I just found the Walker book on audible so shall make that my next audio book to download – I tend to like the lighter/more whimsical books in audio format. I believe A Jew Must Die is set in Switzerland so no good for this subject (but I’ve no idea what topic I’ll do for S so you never know)


  4. Bernadette – Now this is a great idea for the letter “F!” You’ve got some wonderful books and series there, too. Most people think of Agatha Christie’s novels as English and of course, they are. But The Mystery of the Blue Train actually takes place mostly in France. So does The Murder on the Links. There are others, too…


  5. kathy durkin says:

    What a great post! Poe, yes, first locked-room mystery, I believe…great story. Cara Black’s books are adventurous and interesting, giving a flavor of different parts of Paris, with a courageous heroine.
    John Dickson Carr, famous for his locked-room mysteries, which my dad and his family loved, and I have yet to tackle.
    Fred Vargas is one of my favorite authors–have read all of Inspector Adamsberg books, which are out in English. And, I, too, love The Three Evangelists–loan it out all over to friends, a plus of a paper back. I will go anywhere to follow Vargas’ brilliant thinking and convoluted plots. No one else goes where she does.
    Simenon I plan to read soon, just put some dvd’s on hold at the library which feature his inspector Maigret. And want to read Manotti’s books. And never heard of Machette, will write him down.


  6. Dorte H says:

    Great post!

    Apart from Simenon, I have not read any of these yet, but Martin Walker and Fred Vargas are on that TBR.


  7. FleurFisher says:

    Loys of interesting possibilities there!. The Izner is in my TBR, plus the first of Jean-francois Parot’s historical mysteries, and I’ve had my eye on Martin Walker at the library.


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  9. kathy durkin says:

    There’s also Pierre Magnan, who wrote “Death in the Truffle Wood,” and other mysteries.


  10. Yvette says:

    Brilliant post, Bernadette. Great choice for the letter F. Imaginative and informative.
    Needless to say, I love Maigret’s books. Only discovered them a few years ago so I was late to the table.

    Henri Bencolin. Loved him in SKULL ISLAND – read this again recently and reviewed it for the Vintage Mystery Challenge.

    I have a Robert Janes book on my shelves, but for one reason or another, it’s not been read. I will move it closer to the top of TBR pile now that you’ve reminded me of the author.

    I love, loved, LOVED the BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE debut. Can’t wait to read the next. I am charmed by this character and his little village.

    I’ve never heard of Fred Vargas. The books sound intriguing.

    THE BODY IN THE BELFRY is my favorite book in the Faith Fairchild series by Katherine Hall Page. It takes place in Paris and is a delight from beginning to end.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful list. Attached is a list I have compiled of over 195 authors either setting their books in France or are European French speaking/writing.

    French Crime Fiction—A WANT LIST

    {this list does not include books already obtained—almost 200 at this point}
    This list contains policiers, mysteries, thrillers, etc. that are either written by French speaking authors from Europe (fr) or are set in France by non-French authors—
    195+ authors.

    1. Eliette Abècassis fr, The Qumran Mystery
    2. Christine Adamo fr
    3. Lydia Adamson, A Cat With No Regrets
    4. Jean d’Aillon
    5. Marvin Albert, Zig Zag Man
    6. Marcel Allain fr
    7. Susanne Alleyn, Palace of Justice, A Treasury of Regrets, Game of Patience, The Cavalier of the Apocalypse, Aristide Ravel mysteries
    8. Jean Amila, Not Waiting For Godot, Pity the Rats
    9. Gini Anding, Witness From the Cafe
    10. George Arnaud fr, L’Homme au fiacre, Le Rat de la conciergerie, Le Voleur de tete, La Congregation des assassins, The Wages of Fear, Journey Past Repentance
    11. Tony Aspler, Blood is Thicker Than Beaujolais: A Wine Lover’s Mystery
    12. Brigitte Aubert fr, Death From the Snows
    13. Pierre Audemars—see attached list
    14. Claude Aveline fr, The Double Death of Frederic Belot, Carriage 7, Seat 15
    15. Adam Barrist, The Concrete Lawyer
    16. Jean-Pierre Bastid fr, Réactions en chaine, Au basin d’Arcachon
    17. Pierre Byard fr, Who Killed roger Ackroyd?
    18. René Belletto fr, Machine, Le revenant, Sur La Terre Comme Au Ciel
    19. Antoine Bello fr, The Missing Piece
    20. Tonino Benacquista fr, Badfellas, Framed
    21. Henri Bencolin fr, Skull Island
    22. Michel Benoit fr, The Thirteenth Apostle
    23. Stephanie Benson
    24. Georges Bernanos fr
    25. Arthur Bernède fr
    26. Yvonne Besson fr
    27. Bioleau-Narcejac fr, or separately since this is two writers, see attached list
    28. Cara Black, Aimee Leduc series
    29. Olivier Bleys fr, The Ghost in the Eiffel Tower
    30. Yves Bonavero fr, Something in the Sea
    31. Norman Boner, To Die In Provence, Gauguin’s Ghost
    32. Michael Bond, Pamplemousse series, see attached list
    33. Renée Bonneau fr, Sanguine sur la butte
    34. Paul Bonnecarrere fr, Rosebud, Ultimatum, Golden Triangle
    35. Zavier-Marie Bonnot, fr, The First Fingerprint, The Beast of the Comargue
    36. Roger Borniche fr
    37. Anicet Bourgeois fr, Rocambole
    38. Fabrice Bourland fr, The Baker Street Phantom, The Dream Killer of Paris
    39. Daniel Brown
    40. Jean Bruce fr, Secret Agent OSS117 series
    41. Armand Cabasson fr, Wolf Hunt, Memory of Flames, The Officer’s Prey
    42. Alexander Campion,
    43. John D. Carr, some set in France in 1930s with Henri Bencolin; It Walks by Night
    44. Guy des Cars fr
    45. Charlotte Carter, Coq au Vin
    46. Patrick Chamoiseau fr, Solibo Magnificent (Martinique)
    47. Maxime Chattam fr, The Cairo Diary, The Soul of Evil
    48. Jacques Chessix fr, A Jew Must Die
    49. Philippe Claudel fr, Grey Souls, Brodeck’s Report
    50. Barbara Cleverly, Strange Images of Death, Folly du Jour
    51. Laurence Cossé, A Corner of the Veil
    52. Hamilton Crane, Bonjour Miss Seeton
    53. Michel Crespy fr, Head Hunters
    54. Jill Culiner,
    55. Frederic Dard (see San Antonio) fr, The Sons of Bitch Go to Hell, Coma, The Executioner Cries
    56. Didier Daeninckx fr, Murder in Memoriam, A Very Profitable War
    57. Janet Dawson, Witness to Evil
    58. Arnauld Delalande, fr, The Dante Trap
    59. Pablo De Santis, Voltaire’s Calligrapher
    60. Mary-Jane Deeb
    61. Delacorta, Gorodish & Alba series –Luna, Vida, Lola;
    62. Philippe Delelis fr, The Last Cantata
    63. Pauline Delpech fr
    64. Alain Demouzon fr, Mouche, The First-born of Egypt, A Rotten Deal, Farewell La Jolla
    65. Michele Desbordes fr, The House in the Forest
    66. David Dodge, To Catch a Thief, Angel’s Ransom, Carambola
    67. Christophe Dufossè fr, School’s Out
    68. Carole Nelson Douglas, Irene Adler series—19th cen
    69. David Downie, Paris City of Night
    70. Ann Dukthas, The Prince Lost to Time
    71. Aaron Elkins, some set in France, Old Bones: A Gideon Oliver Mystery
    72. Howard Engel
    73. Charles Exbayat fr
    74. Chris Ewan
    75. Jean Failler, Mayhem in Saint-Malo
    76. Quinn Fawett, Napoleon Must Die, Death Wears A Crown
    77. Paul Féval, père, fr
    78. Jean-Jacques Fiechter, Death by Publication, A Masterpiece of Revenge
    79. Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal
    80. Nicki Foster, Trap
    81. Nicholas Freeling, A City Solitary, Wolfnight
    82. Mickey Friedman, A Temporary Ghost
    83. Ruthe Furie, A Deadly Pâté
    84. Alan Furst, Dark Star, Red Gold
    85. Emile Gaboriau fr, L’Affaire Lerouge, The Widow LeRouge
    86. Karen Gallahue, Murder With A French Twist
    87. Claudie Galley fr, The Breakers
    88. Arnould Galopin fr
    89. Olivier Gaudefroy fr
    90. Andre Gide fr, Lafcadio’s Adventures
    91. Franz-Olivier Giesbert fr
    92. Jose Giovanni fr, The Hole
    93. Jean-Christophe Grangé fr, The Flight of the Storks, The Crimson Rivers, The Stone Council
    94. Philippe Grimbert fr, Secret (Memory)
    95. Michel Grisolia, fr, La promenade des anglaises
    96. Paul Halter fr, The Night of the Wolf, see attached list
    97. Janet Hannah, Murder with a French Accent
    98. Mark and Juliet Hebden, Inspector Pel series, see attached list
    99. André Héléna fr
    100. Chester Himes, A Case of Rape
    101. Philippe Huet fr, Les Démons de comte, Quai de l’oubli
    102. Elizabeth Ironside, A Good Death
    103. Claude Izner fr, The Marais Assassin, The Predator of Batignolles
    104. Jean-Claude Izzo fr
    105. Christian Jacq fr, Beneath the Pyramid, Secrets of the Desert, Shadow of the Sphinx, Ramses Vol II: The Eternal Temple, The Judgement of the Mummy
    106. Facquemard-Senecal fr, The Eleventh Litter Indian, The Body Vanishes
    107. Jane Jakeman, Death at Versailles, Death in the South of France
    108. Maxim Jakubowski fr, Because She Thought She Loved Me
    109. J. Robert Janes, French Occupation crime
    110. Hervé Jaouen fr, Marée basse
    111. Andréa Japp fr, The Season of the Beast, The Breath of the Rose, The Devine Blood
    112. Sebastien Japrisot fr, Rider in the Rain, Women in Evidence, Trap for Cinderella, Women’s Passion, Goodbye, Friend
    113. Yves Jego fr, The Sun King Rises
    114. Laurent Joffrin fr, All That I Have
    115. Serge Joncour, fr, UV
    116. Thierry Jonquet fr, Tarantula, Mygale, Les Orpailleurs, Moloch
    117. Hedi Kaddour fr, Waltenberg
    118. Susan Kelly, The Ghosts of Albi
    119. Cecile Lamalle, Appetite for Murder
    120. Georges Lagrange fr
    121. Jake Lamar
    122. Maurice Leblanc fr, Arsene Lupin series, Arsene Lupin v. Sherlock Holmes, Super-Sleuth, Gentleman-Thief
    123. Auguste Le Breton fr, Du rififi à New York, The Law of the Streets
    124. Eric Leclere fr, The Lost Son, A Place of Gardens and Lilies, What if they Like It?
    125. Frederic Lenoir fr, The Angel’s Promise
    126. Gustave Le Rouge fr, Phantom of the Opera
    127. Gaston Leroux fr
    128. Anne de Leseleuc fr
    129. Colette Lovinger-Richard fr, Crimes de sang à Marat-sur-Oise
    130. Pierre Magnan fr, Innocence, Beyond the Grave
    131. Leo Malet fr, Mission to Marseilles, Sunrise Behind the Louvre, Mayhem in the Marais, 120 rue de la Gare, The Rats of Montsouris, Dynamite Versus QED, Fog on the Tolbiac Bridge, Death of a Marseilles Man, Mayhem in the Marais, The Tell-tale Body on the Plaine Monceau, Nestor Burma series
    132. Jean-Patrick Manchette fr, Fatale
    133. Michael Mandaville, A Cold Death
    134. Dominique Manotti fr, Affairs of State, Cop
    135. M-A Mathieu, Dead Memory
    136. Peter May, Enzo Macleod series, Blowback, 6th and 7th coming
    137. Peter Mayle, Hotel Pastis, Chasing Cezanne
    138. Lise McClendon, Blackbird Fly
    139. Vincent McConnor, The Paris Puzzle, The Provence Puzzle, Riviera Puzzle, Limbo, The French Doll, Amadoro, The Man Who Knew Hammett, I Am Vidocq,
    140. James McCracken, Rue de la Pompe
    141. Pierre Moinot fr, As Night Follows Day
    142. Estelle Monbrun, Murder Chez Proust
    143. Hubert Monteilhet fr, Phoenix From the Ashes, The Road to Hell, Cupid’s Executioners, A Perfect Crime or Two, Andromache or the Inadvertent Murder, Murder at Leisure, Dead Copy, Murder at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Praying Mantis
    144. Viviane Moore fr, Blue Blood, A Black Romance, The Darkest Red, The White Path
    145. Kate Mosse, The Cave, The Winter Ghosts
    146. Douglas Muir
    147. Amy Myers, Murder in the Queen’s Boudoir
    148. Sharon Newman, Catherine Le Bendeur series, 12th cen
    149. Martin O’Brien, Jacquot mysteries, Confession, Blood Counts, Jacquot and the Fifteen, Jacquit and the Master, Jacquot and the Waterman, Jacquot and the Angel,
    150. Claude Ollier fr, The Staging, Disconnections, The Mise-en-Scene
    151. Laurence Oriol (Noëlle Loriot) fr, The Short Circuit, A Murder To Make You Grow Up Little Girl
    152. Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Vestibule, The Body in the Belfry
    153. J-F Parot, Chatelet Apprentice—Floch investigations, The Man with the Lead Stomach, The Phantom of the Rue Royale, The Nicolas le Floch Affair, The Chatelet Apprentice, The Saint-Florentin Murders
    154. Elliot Paul, Hugger-mugger in the Louvre, Mayhem in B-Flat, Murder on the Left Bank, The Mysterious Mickey Finn: An International Mystery — Homer Evans Murder Mysteries
    155. Olivier Pauvert fr, Noir
    156. Chantal Pelletier fr, More Is Less
    157. Georges Peres fr, 53 Days, Void
    158. Maurice Périsset fr, La Belle de Saint-Tropez, Les Noces de haine, la Boite à matelots
    159. Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail fr
    160. Barbara Pope, Cezanne’s Quarry
    161. Hubert Prolongeau fr
    162. Patrick Raynal fr, Fenetre sur femme, Arret d’urgence
    163. Robbe-Grillet fr, The Erasers
    164. Betty Rowlands, Over the Edge
    165. Michele Rozenfarb, Chapeau! (Well Done!)
    166. Francis Ryck, Green Light, Red Catch, Woman Hunt, Account Rendered
    167. San Antonio, see Dard above, The Strangler, The Man of the Avenue
    168. Louis Sanders, An Ignoble Profession
    169. Georges Simenon fr, several hundred books—see attached list
    170. Albert Simonin fr
    171. Pierre Siniac fr, The Collaborators
    172. Carol Smith, Family Reunion
    173. Sarah Smith
    174. Barbara Sohmers
    175. Pierre Souvestre-Allain fr, Fantomas series, Messengers of Evil
    176. Neville Steed, Tinplate
    177. Stanislas-A Steeman, Six Dead Men
    178. Peter Steiner
    179. Maud Tabachnik fr
    180. Philippe Tapon
    181. Jacques Tardi fr, Bloody Streets of Paris, Fog, plus Manchette
    182. Jean Teule, Suicide Shop
    183. Jann Turner fr, Heartland, Southern Cross
    184. Elizabeth Cowley Tyler, Murder at the Maison de Balzac, The Madeline Murders, Murder at Les Halles, Inspector Henri Courbet series; Hotel Chopin
    185. Didier van Cauwelaert fr
    186. Fred Vargas fr, Three Evangelists, A Dubious Place (or An Uncertain Place), see attached list
    187. Jean Vautrin fr, The Voice of the People
    188. Pierre Véry fr, In What Strange Land?
    189. Boris Vian fr, I Spit on Your Grave
    190. Eugène François Vidocq fr, Memoirs of Vidocq, Master of Crime
    191. Tanguy Viel fr, Beyond Suspicion
    192. Voltaire, fr, Zadig (Book of Fate)
    193. Martin Walker, The Caves of Perigord
    194. Michelle Wan
    195. Hilary Whelan, Frightening Strikes,
    196. Graham Wood
    197. Jego Yves fr, The Sun King Rises
    198. Mark Zero, French Art of Stealing


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