Moon in a Dead Eye, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


At first it feels like a terrible mistake: they're the only residents and it's raining non-stop. Then three neighbours arrive, the sun comes out, and life becomes far more interesting and agreeable.

Until, that is, some gypsies set up camp just outside their gated community -


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4.5 starsOK, I admit it: I lied. When I reviewed Pascal Garnier's The A26, I said that next up would be Boxes, also translated by Melanie Florence, but it just didn't sound as deliciously dark as Moon in a Dead Eye. The latter proved to be just as satisfying as it sounded. Garnier had a remarkable ability to get to the dark underbellies of everyday people in a way which feels so organic to the characters that not only the reader, but the characters themselves are surprised by the depths to which they willingly sink. Emily Boyce's translation was beautiful, with none of the incongruities which so distracted me in Florence's take on The A26.Literary noir seems to be making quite a comeback, with Akashic's Noir Series anthologies leading the charge. None of Garnier's work is included in the two French anthologies thus far (Paris Noir and Marseille Noir), however, so kudos once again to Gallic Books for bringing his unique voice to the attention of English-speaking readers.I received a free copy of Moon in a Dead Eye through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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