Syndrome E (Hardcover)

By Franck Thilliez, Mark Polizzotti (Translator)
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What You Don t See Could Kill You
In this international bestseller, which is soon to be a major motion picture penned by the screenwriter of "Black Swan," the classic procedural meets cutting-edge science
Lucie Henebelle, single mother and beleaguered detective, has just about enough on her plate when she receives a panicked phone call from an ex-lover who has developed a rare disorder after watching an obscure film from the 1950s. With help from the brooding Inspector Franck Sharko, who is exploring the movie's connection to five unearthed corpses at a construction site, Lucie begins to strip away the layers of what may be the most disturbing film ever made. With more lives on the line, Sharko and Lucie struggle to solve this terrifying mystery before it's too late. In a high-stakes, adrenaline-fueled hunt that jumps from France to Canada, Egypt to Rwanda, and beyond, this astonishing page-turner, with cinematic echoes from "The Manchurian Candidate "and the Bourne series, will keep you guessing until the very end.

About the Author

ingenieur en nouvelles technologies, est reconnu en France comme un auteur de thrillers incontournable. Ses ouvrages sont traduits dans plus de 10 pays et certains ont ete adaptes au cinema.

Mark Polizzotti's previous books include the collaborative novel S. (1991), Lautreamont Nomad (1994), Revolution of the Mind: The Life of Andre Breton (1995), The New Life: Poems (1998), and a study of Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados for the British Film Institute (2006). His articles, reviews, and poetry have appeared in The New Republic, ARTnews, Parnassus, Partisan Review, and elsewhere. He is also the translator of over thirty books, including works by Gustave Flaubert, Marguerite Duras, Andre Breton, and Jean Echenoz. He lives in Boston, where he directs the publications program at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Praise For…

Praise for Syndrome E:
“Compulsively readable . . . An eerie psychological mystery with a truly stunning resolution.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A crackerjack story that most readers will devour in one sitting . . . Spare evocative prose propels French author Thilliez’s stellar U.S. debut.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Blending science and neurology into the intrigue of his excellent thriller, Thilliez takes us into the maze of the human brain, with all the evils it can unleash.”
Elle (Paris)
“With a fascinating blend of noir procedural, espionage flavor, and an eerie set up that makes the video from The Ring seem harmless, it is no surprise that Syndrome E has already been an international sensation. Beneath its dazzling, byzantine plot are menacing questions of what lurks at the intersection between the new and chilling capabilities of neuroscience and the ancient but more-chilling capabilities of human evil.”
—Michael Koryta, New York Times–bestselling author of The Prophet and Tonight I Said Goodbye
“This terrific French thriller . . . boasts distinctive characters you want to spend time with, a lively plot, evocative settings, fun film references and, icing on the cake, an enjoyable offbeat romance. Having achieved bestseller status in Europe, Thilliez is poised to do the same in the U.S.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Detective Lucie Henebelle is an overwhelmed single mother who doesn’t need more trouble. Then she gets the call from a friend who has gone blind after watching an obscure film embedded with heinous images. It’s her colleague, a profiler for the Paris police department, who makes the connection between the movie and the five men murdered at a construction site. Twisty neuroscience! Who can resist?”
New York Daily News

“A tour de force . . . A captivating plot that keeps the reader in his seat until the final moments.”
Le Monde Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670025787
ISBN-10: 067002578X
Publisher: Viking Books
Publication Date: August 16th, 2012
Pages: 370
Language: English