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Thriller | The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun | Sébastien Japrisot

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts for The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun by Sébastien Japrisot.


Book cover The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun Sébastien Japrisot

Dany Longo is blonde, beautiful — and thoroughly unpredictable. After doing a favour for her boss, she finds herself behind the wheel of his exquisite Thunderbird on a sun-kissed Parisian morning. On impulse she decides to head south.

What started as an impromptu joy-ride rapidly takes a turn for the chilling when strangers all along the unfamiliar route swear they recognise Dany from the previous day. But that’s impossible: she was at work, she was in Paris, she was miles away… wasn’t she?

From the author of A Very Long Engagement comes a tangled, terrifying psychological thriller worthy of Georges Simenon, Paula Hawkins or Patricia Highsmith.


The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun by Sébastien Japrisot is published by Gallic Books (25th July 2019) and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

Review

I loved this book, translated from the original 1960’s novel, it oozes cool and uniqueness.

Dany Longo a beautiful blonde finds herself behind the wheel of her boss’s Thunderbird and heading South from Paris. Working at his flat to complete a typing deadline she decides on impulse to see the sea. As she travels, she meets strangers who suggest they have already met.

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun is a psychological thriller with wonderful twists and an unexpected ending.

I adored the writing style as was hooked straight away and thoroughly enjoyed each section.

One of those books you feel you want to read again.

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Author photo Sébastien Japrisot

Sébastien Japrisot (4 July 1931 – 4 March 2003) was a French author, screenwriter and film director, born in Marseille. His pseudonym was an anagram of Jean-Baptiste Rossi, his real name. Japrisot has been nicknamed “the Graham Greene of France”.

One Deadly Summer was made into a film starring Isabelle Adjani in 1983. A Very Long Engagement was an international bestseller, won the Prix Interallié and was later also made into a film starring Audrey Tatou in 2004.


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