I know of no author whose novels epitomize the psychological thrillers popularized by Alfred Hitchcock more than Frederic Dard. Each time I pick up one of his books I know to expect the unexpected. He has a way of capturing the human psyche and taking advantage of its weaknesses allowing emotion and circumstance to trap individuals into becoming something or someone other than they were at the start. The Executioner Weeps does just that and more posing the difficult question of whether memory is necessary for guilt.
Daniel is a successful painter whose life is transformed when his car collides with a beautiful young woman. Her injuries are minimal but her memory is nonexistent. She retains her knowledge of the world, but not of her own identity or history. They fall in love, but having no identity, no papers is a problem. Naturally Daniel seeks to...
Once again Frederic D'ard is shown to be a master of psychological suspense. Crush is a tale of obsession, an initially innocent escape from everyday burdens that leads to murder. If you enjoy classic Hitchcock or film noir, Crush is a thriller you won't want to miss.
To Louise, whose life is spent divided between shifts at the local factory and sitting at home with a mother and alcoholic stepfather she despises, the Roolands epitomize culture and comfort. Their vibrancy and wealth are an appealing distraction to a young woman bored by her current situation. Entranced, Louise offers her services as a maid despite her family's objections.
After she becomes part of the household, Louise begins to see the flaws in the Roolands' relationship. She comes to know her employers and their ..quirks well. One night, an accident occurs, but was it an accident?
Good and evil are impossible to distinguish in this engrossing noir thriller translated from the French. A cop and a spy share a prison cell, but which is which, and what happens when the two escape together. To what extent does duty supersede conscience, and what is the nature of loyalty. Is it only labels that separate one man from another? Dard captures the reader with his writing, immediately making them question their expectations. There is considerable violence, which adds to the moral ambiguity.
This isn't a novel that is not easy to "like". The Wicked Go to Hell is powerful, leaving the reader with an almost painful reminder that life exists in shades of grey, rather than comforting black and white. Is it a well written novel - yes. Will it linger in memory -yes. But not every reader will be comfortable with the content or the reso...