This was intended as a private note but I’ve decided to make it public since it might be of some interest to the readers of this blog.
Pascal Garnier, who died in March 2010 at aged sixty, was a talented novelist, short story writer, children’s author and painter. From his home in the mountains of the Ardèche, he wrote fiction in a noir palette with a cast of characters drawn from ordinary provincial life. Though his writing is often very dark in tone, it sparkles with quirkily beautiful imagery and dry wit. Garnier’s work has been likened to the great thriller writer, Georges Simenon. Gallic has published The Panda Theory, How’s the Pain?, The A26 and Moon in a Dead Eye, with The Front Seat Passenger which will soon be release and more to come in 2014. (Information mainly taken from Gallic Books)
According to Wikipedia his detective novels are marked by a wry humour.
The full list of his novels, if my information is accurate, comprises the following books:
- La Solution esquimau, 1996
- La Place du mort, 1997; The Front Seat Passenger, Gallic Books 2014
- Les Insulaires, 1998
- Trop près du bord, 1999
- L’A26, 1999; The A26, Gallic Books, 2013
- Chambre 12, 2000
- Nul n’est à l’abri du succès, 2001 (Prix du festival “Polar dans la ville” 2001)
- Les Nuisibles, 2002
- Les Hauts du Bas, 2003
- Parenthèse, 2004
- Flux, 2005 (Grand Prix de l’humour noir 2006)
- Comment va la douleur ?, 2006; How’s the Pain?, Gallic Books, 2012
- La Théorie du panda, 2008; The Panda Theory, Gallic Books, 2012
- Le Grand Loin, 2009
- Lune captive dans un œil mort, 2009; Moon in a Dead Eye, Gallic Books, 2013
- Le Grand Loin, 2010
- Cartons, 2012
To read more about Pascal Garnier books click below:
How’s the Pain? at Crime Fiction Lover (MarinaSofia)
Review: Pascal Garnier – The Front Seat Passenger at Crimepieces (Sarah)
#43 / Pascal Garnier, Moon in a Dead Eye at Mrs. Peabody Investigates
Pascal Garnier- The A26 at Raven Crime Reads
Review: How’s the Pain? by Pascal Garnier at Euro Crime
The Panda Theory/Moon In A Dead Eye – Pascal Garnier at Crime Thriller Fella
Moon in a Dead Eye by Pascal Garnier – Review at Killing Time
Bleak Existentialism Meets Grisly Crime: France’s Pascal Garnier at Criminal Element
The Complete Review – The Panda Theory (M.A.Orthofer)
12 thoughts on “A Private Note – Pascal Garnier”
What a great focus on one of the most quirky and original writers of a generation. I’m a firm fan and delighted to see you spreading the word to others 🙂
Thank you Raven.
I’d love to read one. Which would you suggest?
FWIW I downloaded today into my Kindle The Panda Theory. But I’ve no good reason to explain why I chose it.
Thanks for sharing this with us. Although I have heard the name, don’t know much about this author and this information helps a lots.
Am glad you have find it useful, Tracy. Thanks.
Thanks Jose. Very useful.
Glad you find it useful, Sarah. Thanks
After your initial blog, the more I read about Garnier, the more interested I became. As a sampler, I’ve picked a French compilation that includes three novels. Thanks again, David
You’re welcome David. I appreciate very much your comment.
Thanks to you, La Place du Mort (The Front Seat Passenger) was my introduction to Garnier. Although his writing style is like Simenon’s, the book is not as dreary as those “romans durs” and is even funny at times, which the “rds” are decidedly not. The story and language (at least in the French original) is also more contemporary. There’s a clever growing tension, more like a thriller or a horror story than a mystery, and is mindful of Stephen King’s Misery, 10 years earlier. I’m moving on to Les Insulaires right away.
I do appreciate your information David. I plan to read next TheA26.