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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Serpents Tail (Feb. 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852424753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852424756
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,712,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And sometimes what used to happen was what is happening now: Georges Gerfaut is driving on Paris's outer ring road. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross on July 21 2002
Format: Paperback
Originally published in 1976, this slim French crime novel has just now been translated into English. The story follows a typical noir theme: an average man thrown into an underworld intrigue entirely by chance. Georges is a mid-level manager in Paris with a wife, two young daughters, and a collection of West coast jazz records. His life has gotten a little humdrum, and so fate thrusts him in the path of two nasty and well-drawn hitmen. After he unwittingly witnesses a murder, the duo track him down in order to tie up loose ends. Although the plot trods a familiar path, Manchette's terse prose, filled with dark humor and ably translated, keeps it fresh and absorbing. And as in much noir, Manchette exhibits an underlying thread of anti-confomism. Manchette wrote nine other crime novels for Gallimard's legendary Série Noir imprint, another of which (The Prone Gunman) is also being published by City Lights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dash Manchette on Dec 1 2003
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Only two Manchette books have been translated into English and this is the first one I read. The book is tightly written and exciting, which, of course, is why one would read a crime noir book in the first place. The lean plot provides enough to explain the episodic spurts of violence contained within, but is not so detailed as to turn the book into a traditional mystery. My complaints, which prevent a five star rating, are that the main character takes a hiatus away from the action which I found a bit unrealistic (I don't want to provide more details and spoil anything) and the ending was a bit more loose and unresolved than the rest of the book. Nonetheless, I look forward to reading Manchette's other translated book, The Prone Gunman, and hope other translations will follow.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. LaPointe on July 28 2015
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Absolutely ludicrous....couldn't be more French.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Still Fresh 25 Years Later July 21 2002
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Originally published in 1976, this slim French crime novel has just now been translated into English. The story follows a typical noir theme: an average man thrown into an underworld intrigue entirely by chance. Georges is a mid-level manager in Paris with a wife, two young daughters, and a collection of West coast jazz records. His life has gotten a little humdrum, and so fate thrusts him in the path of two nasty and well-drawn hitmen. After he unwittingly witnesses a murder, the duo track him down in order to tie up loose ends. Although the plot trods a familiar path, Manchette's terse prose, filled with dark humor and ably translated, keeps it fresh and absorbing. And as in much noir, Manchette exhibits an underlying thread of anti-confomism. Manchette wrote nine other crime novels for Gallimard's legendary Série Noir imprint, another of which (The Prone Gunman) is also being published by City Lights.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good New Discovery Dec 1 2003
By Dash Manchette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Only two Manchette books have been translated into English and this is the first one I read. The book is tightly written and exciting, which, of course, is why one would read a crime noir book in the first place. The lean plot provides enough to explain the episodic spurts of violence contained within, but is not so detailed as to turn the book into a traditional mystery. My complaints, which prevent a five star rating, are that the main character takes a hiatus away from the action which I found a bit unrealistic (I don't want to provide more details and spoil anything) and the ending was a bit more loose and unresolved than the rest of the book. Nonetheless, I look forward to reading Manchette's other translated book, The Prone Gunman, and hope other translations will follow.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One for the List Jan. 31 2006
By A. McNary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Neo-noir and a touch existentialist, 3 to Kill reads a bit like a Charles Willeford and James M. Cain novel. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found the veering plotline to be the most satisfying aspect of the novel. Protagonist Georges Gerfaut is a traveling salesman pursued by hitmen--this experience, in isolation, and the choices he makes in response, inform the socio-political critique, albeit an ironic one, of the novel. 3 to Kill is also reminiscent of a story within the story in The Maltese Falcon where Marlowe recounts a missing person case: A man, nearly killed by a falling beam as he walks down the sidewalk turns up missing. When Marlowe finds him he is living in a nearby town with a new life nearly identical to his former one. Marlowe's point, and one of Manchette's as well, is that while our response to a life-changing event might be dramatic, in the end, the change in our character is nominal. This dense, fast-moving read is something that any reader of Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Goodis, Willeford and Derek Raymond will want to check out.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 stars. April 30 2007
By fluffy, the human being. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
a gloriously fun read this was. jean-patrick manchette is a gas. "3 to kill" is a fresh, startling crime novel, completely free of cliche. georges gerfaut, the main character, is quite unlike any other creation i have encountered in a thriller. i finished this book in one evening, and immediately purchased another manchette book, "the prone gunman." highly recommended to fans of noir fiction.
A real blast Dec 23 2012
By Christopher M. Moylan - Published on Amazon.com
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The very definition of a fast-paced, clean and lean noir. The plot takes all of two or three pages to establish itself and doesn't let up until the last page. I preferred this over the gloomier, more visceral "Lone Gunman". One has to put up with some typically French affectations but there aren't too many of these to distract. If you like this sort of thing, and not everyone does, I would recommend it highly.

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