Traumatised by events in 1945, Yolande hasn't left her home since. And life has not been kinder to Bernard, her brother, who is now in the final months of a terminal illness.
Realizing that he has so little time left, Bernard's gloom suddenly lifts. With no longer anything to lose, he becomes reckless - and murderous...
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"A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony, it makes you grin as well as wince." (The Sunday Telegraph)
"For those with a taste for Georges Simenon or Patricia Highsmith, Garnier's recently translated oeuvre will strike a chord... While this is an undeniably steely work, his translator Melanie Florence does justice to the author's occasional outbreaks of dark humour that suddenly pierce through the clouds of encroaching existential gloom." (The Independent)
"The events in Simenon's Maigret stories are seemingly random and opaque until the great detective perceives how they all fit together; in The A26 we get the story from the other side, as it were, and without any intervention by the forces of good. And Garnier never gives a clear motive for Bernard's murderous turn because this is our random, godless age and there's a top dressing to the novel of a very French existentialism... This is tough, bloody stuff, but put together with a cunning intelligence." (The Sunday Times)
If you like your new noir steeped in existential philosophy and deeply deeply deeply disturbing than Pascal Garnier is your man. He is erudite and savage in equal measure. I started with The Islanders and then become obsessed I have now listen to all of his books, & now my sleep is permanently disturbed.
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