This book was awarded the "Prix Michel Lebrun 2009" and the "Grand Prix du jury Sang d’encre 2009".
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 immediately caught up in the detritus of Alan Musgrave’s life, the side of Paris the tourists don’t see, where everyone has a past but very few count on a future.
But what can he expect from a man who bled to death in his own excruciating S&M stage show ?
Now there’s a maverick police lieutenant on the prowl who thinks that Musgrave’s suicide was murder. Guérin might not look like much, but he’s one of the few honest officiers on the force. As the horrific extent of police abuse is revealed, the race is on to find the link between a slew of recent suicides - and the key to it is buried deep in Nichols’s past.
Fakirs does for Paris what James Ellroy did for vintage America, shining a light as never before on the seedy underbelly of La Ville-Lumière.
Le Monde des livres
« It is the first novel by a stranger that won’t remain a stranger for long. »
« Antonin Varenne is the detective novel’s pope. »
« A black and white atmosphere, superb portraits of battered characters, realistic dialogues, and curious situations: Antonin Varenne has that spark which gives a meaning to the words. »
« Violence is never a complacent sight. A disturbing, fascinating book. »