Norek displays the mastery and assurance of an old hand.
The French crime-writing revelation of the year.
The suspense is sustained until the final page. A masterful crime novel.
Spiral obsessives will recognise the same gritty northern Paris suburb, Seine-Saint-Denis, with is no-go drug estates, as well as the wearily nonchalant detectives and city bigwigs shepherding their own crooked agendas.
The Lost and the Damned hits the ground running and never lets up . . . This impressive debut is slick, sick and not for the faint-hearted. The first 30 pages contain what must be one of the most shocking scenes ever committed to paper. It will make you cry out (for more).
This is not conventional crime. Reading this full-throttle piece is a both a troubling and an exhilarating experience.