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Nazis in the Metro

Translated by Anna Moschovakis

Part of Melville International Crime

A riveting novel of political intrigue, set on the Left Bank of Paris.

From France’s leading political crime writer comes a novel that delves into the country’s radical political movements on both the left and the right, in the wake of a brutal attack.

When André Sloga, an apparently washed-up novelist with a history of baiting the system, is assaulted and left for dead in the basement of his apartment building, the freelance private eye Gabriel Lecouvreur takes on the case. The police consider it a robbery gone wrong, but Lecouvreur, a great reader who admires Sloga’s books, thinks the matter runs deeper than that.

And as he looks into it further, he discovers that Sloga had not in fact quit writing after he was dropped by his prestigious publishing house for his increasingly provocative novels. Instead, Sloga was at work on an explosive book that had led him into extremist political circles . . . until someone put a stop to it.

Steeped in the real Paris, where graffiti, squats, and skinheads dominate the streets, Didier Daeninckx’s Nazis in the Metro is a vivid portrait of a side of the city few foreigners see, wrapped in an utterly gripping mystery.

DIDER DAENINCKX is France’s leading political crime writer. He was born in 1949 on the outskirts of Paris, and is known for his leftist politics. He is the author of more than forty books, including A Very Profitable War and Murder in Memoriam, also published by Melville House. Also a journalist and author of literary fiction, he won the 2012 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for his short-story collection L’Espoire en contrebande.

ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS is a translator, editor and author of two volumes of poetry. She has won fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry, and a translation fellowship from Le Centre National du Livre.

“[An] arresting, fast-paced detective story [that will] keep you guessing.” —NPR, Best Books of 2014

“A sizzling political thriller by one of France’s best crime novelists.” —Globe and Mail (Canada)

“A solid, stylish thriller.” —The Complete Review

“The most controversial of contemporary French crime novelists.” —The Independent (UK)

Praise for Murder in Memoriam:

“How many detective stories have helped a country confront its past? Murder in Memoriam has certainly done that.” —The Guardian (UK)

“The kind of book that begins to restore one’s confidence in the detective story.”—NICK HORNBY

“Serves as a tap on the shoulder—a necessary reminder that what is dead is not buried, and what is buried is, unfortunately, not dead.” —DEREK RAYMOND