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The Lost and the Damned

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780857059635

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 12th November 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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 . . . It will make you cry out (for more)” – Mark Sanderson, The Times Crime Book of the Month

A suspenseful new police procedural from a former French police officer and one of the original writers on the hit series Spiral

A corpse that wakes up on the mortuary slab.

A case of spontaneous human combustion.

There is little by the way of violent crime and petty theft that Capitaine Victor Coste has not encountered in his fifteen years on the St Denis patch – but nothing like this.

Though each crime has a logical explanation, something unusual is afoot all the same, and Coste is about to be dragged out of his comfort zone. Anonymous letters addressed to him personally have begun to arrive, highlighting the fates of two women, invisible victims whose deaths were never explained. Just two more blurred faces among the ranks of the lost and the damned.

Olivier Norek’s first novel draws on all his experience as a police officer in one of France’s toughest suburbs – the same experience he drew on as a writer for the hit TV series Spiral.

Translated from the French by Nick Caistor

Reviews

Norek displays the mastery and assurance of an old hand.
Bruno Corty, Figaro.
The French crime-writing revelation of the year.
Barnard Lehut, R.T.L.
The suspense is sustained until the final page. A masterful crime novel.
L'Express.
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.
Strong Words
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).
Mark Sanderson, The Times Crime Book of the Month
This is not conventional crime. Reading this full-throttle piece is a both a troubling and an exhilarating experience.
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times.

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