Friday, May 15, 2020
FFB-How's the Pain, Pascal Garnier
Thanks to Steve for recommending this little gem. Reminiscent of Simenon or Highsmith, set in France, it concerns the final days of a hit man. But the murders are coming to an end and so is the life of our protagonist, Simon, as he hires a young man to assist him with his last death. But things change for a nice interlude when Bernard meets a young woman with a child, and then they meet a taxidermist of a certain age. A family is born. This short novel is filled with humor and darkness. The writing is superb and the characters each interesting in their own way. You can finish it an hour or so and will consider the time well spent.