Former cop Olivier Norek was one of the writers on the crime drama Spiral . . . there's no denying the visceral excitement and latent compassion of this policier par excellence
France makes moody crime films and TV, and Norek's latest Euro bestseller sizzles with similar noir atmosphere
Dark, gripping and exciting . . . There is not only a great sense of place but also of characterisation
You will have to go a long way to find a better hard-boiled policier
Norek served in the Seine-Saint-Denis Police Judiciaire for eighteen years and everything he writes is thrilling. This is a prime example of crime fiction as social history, but it is far more gripping - and moving - than any work of history
Fans of the French TV series Spiral (with its unvarnished vision of urban crime) will find Olivier Norek's Turf Wars a pungent addition to his Banlieues Trilogy . . . As bracingly authentic as its predecessor.