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The Panda Theoryby Pascal Garnier
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Gabriel is a stranger in a small Breton town. Nobody knows where he came from or why he's here. Yet his small acts of kindness, and exceptional cooking, quickly earn him acceptance from the locals.
His new friends grow fond of Gabriel, who seems as reserved and benign as the toy panda he wins at the funfair.
But unlike Gabriel, the fluffy toy is not haunted by his past . . .
Pascal Garnier is a leading figure in contemporary French literature, in the tradition of Georges Simenon. He lived in the Ardèche. Pascal Garnier died in March 2010.
"In this taut, low-key thriller, French author Garnier's first crime novel to be translated into English, a man calling himself Gabriel wanders into a small Breton village, his urge to kill — for the moment — held in check. Who can say what will ignite the impulse? Winning a stuffed panda with a show of skill at the shooting gallery at the carnival? Or nothing at all? The people he meets at his residence hotel and in cafes don't have a glimmer of the nightmarish images that haunt his thoughts; instead, they believe they have found a new friend. Although Garnier (1949 — 2010) once stated in an article for his French publisher that he didn't pay attention to categories ('Books labeled as noir or white, whatever — I've never been interested in that particular apartheid'), this novel is dark enough to sink the hook deep into fans of noir." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Highly original French noir in the tradition of Georges Simenon.
About the Author
Pascal Garnier is a leading figure in contemporary
French literature, in the tradition of Georges
Simenon. He lived in a small village in the Ardèche
devoting himself to writing and painting. Garnier
died in March 2010.
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