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Bed of Nails

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Bed of Nails

Varenne – a philosopher before he took up writing – has crafted an incredibly brilliant, psychologically taut thriller in Bed of Nails. At the center of the story is a troubled detective who, after a meltdown, has been assigned to Paris’s overworked suicide investigation bureau. The new post, however, hasn’t stopped him from working on a grand theory of everything, the idea that every crime and death is somehow related. Orbiting the story is a recent victim’s strange friend, who can’t quite believe that his friend would kill himself. Inevitably their paths converge, and the detective’s theory begins to make sense… This is easily one of the most well-written and philosophically informed thrillers I’ve ever read, on a par with Derek Raymond’s famed Factory Series


Bed of Nails, a novel by Antonin Varenne, translated by Sian Reynolds, Maclehose Press, 2014.

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Bed of Nails
By Antonin Varenne
Pages: 256 Pages
Publisher: Quercus NA
Format: Hardback
Language: English
Publication Date:
November 4, 2014
ISBN-10 : 1623651255
It's as if he's being mocked from beyond the grave...When John Nichols arrives to identify the body of an old friend, he is instantly caught up in the wreckage of Alan Mustgrave's life. This is the side of... Read more
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