RARA-AVIS: Three to Kill, by Manchette

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 28 Nov 2004

I read THREE TO KILL (1976), by Jean-Patrick Manchette (the City Lights edition, 2002, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith). Man, is it good. It's short, you can easily read it in an evening, and once you start you won't want to stop.

It reminded me of the Flitcraft episode in THE MALTESE FALCON, which we were just talking about. A guy is out at the beach with his family one day, trying to enjoy his holidays, and two guys come up out of nowhere and try to drown him. He fights them off. He has no idea why they attacked him. This is more than just a beam falling: someone wants to murder him.

He doesn't move away and start up a similar life, but the way he's knocked out of his normal life struck a chord. I highly recommend the book, as have all the other rare birds who've read it. The final couple of pages are very powerful. A hell of a book. I wish someone would translate more of Manchette's work into English.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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