Bed of Nails, Paperback Book
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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 instantly caught up in the wreckage of Alan Mustgrave's life.

This is 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 S&M show?

Now there's a maverick police lieutenant on the prowl who thinks that Mustgrave was murdered.

As the horrific extent of police abuse is revealed, the race is on to find the link between a slew of apparent suicides - and the key to it is buried deep in Nichols' past.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781782062431

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Lots going on here, all seemingly disconnected except that French cop Richard Guérin, tasked with investigating Parisian suicides, believes that everything is connected so searches for the links. This is a dark, disturbing and surreal novel where possibly nothing is at it seems, or it is, in fact, exactly what you think it is. I’m really not sure whether is this one of the best pieces of crime fiction I’ve read, or is just a mildly diverting and slightly bonkers read. I’m leaning towards the former mainly because Varenne’s characters are so flawed and compelling that by the end of the book I cared about their fate.

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