In Low Heights, from the 'slyly funny' [Sunday Times] Pascal Garnier, a grumpy retiree has his world turned upside down when a man claiming to be his son turns up on his doorstep.
'Another classy and clever little drama' The Bookbag
At least vultures have the decency to wait until their prey's dead before picking it apart ...
After losing his wife and suffering a stroke, cantankerous retiree Edouard Lavenant has moved from Lyon to a village in the mountains with his put-upon nurse, Therese. One day, a man comes to the door claiming to be Edouard's long-lost son.
Edouard's temper seems to be softening, but it isn't long before the local vultures are circling overhead ...
'Low Heights has as much to say about ageing and emotional intelligence as many more overtly literary novels' Financial Times
'Pascal Garnier’s Low Heights continues his run of mordant, black-humoured, murderous farces to superb effect' The Spectator
'Deliciously sly and nuanced, Low Heights is as much an acerbic commentary on the crime novel’s conventions as it is a slow-burning psychological thriller' Irish Times
'Very funny, full of insight on being arrogant and getting old' Chrissie Hynde
'Delightful ... in a really, really dark and disturbing way' Complete Review
'Another classy and clever little drama from one of the most likeably dark storytellers out there' The Bookbag
'This is not just about death, violence and crime, but a potent meditation on ageing and loneliness. ... Subtly subversive, always unsettling, this is another excellent addition to the Garnier series' Crime Fiction Lover
Praise for Pascal Garnier
‘Brief, brisk, ruthlessly entertaining novels ... Garnier makes bleakness pleasurable’ John Powers, NPR
‘Deliciously dark ... painfully funny’ New York Times
'Garnier plunges you into a bizarre, overheated world, seething death, writing, fictions and philosophy. He's a trippy, sleazy, sly and classy read' A. L. Kennedy
'Tense, strange, disconcerting and slyly funny' Sunday Times
'The final descent into violence is worthy of J G Ballard. 4 stars' The Independent
'A master of the surreal noir thriller – Luis Buñuel meets Georges Simenon' TLS
‘Combines a sense of the surreal with a ruthless wit’ The Observer
'Readers will relish the late Pascal Garnier's graveyard humorous dark French noir' Midwest Book Review
Deliciously sly and nuanced, Low Heights is as much an acerbic commentary on the crime novel’s conventions as it is a slow-burning psychological thriller. ~Declan Burke, https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/from-women-who-pull-the-strings-to-tales-of-old-corruption-1.3172339