The Wicked Go to Hell

by Frédéric Dard


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We’ll lock you both up in the same jail cell… a tough one… the sort of place that gives kindly old ladies the shivers.

At one of France’s toughest prisons, an undercover cop is attempting to trap an enemy spy by posing as a fellow inmate. So Frank and Hal find themselves holed up together in a grimy, rat-infested cell, each warily eyeing the other. As they plan a daring escape, an unexpected friendship ensues – but which is the cop and which is the spy?

‘The French master of noir’ Observer

Gritty and hard-hitting, The Wicked Go to Hell is a tense, paranoid fifties thriller about duty and conscience, deception and loyalty, and about what it means to be human – whether you’re the good guy or not.

Frédéric Dard (1921-2000) was one of the best known and loved French crime writers of the twentieth century. Enormously prolific, he wrote hundreds of thrillers, suspense stories, plays and screenplays throughout his long and illustrious career. Bird in a Cage, Crush and The Executioner Weeps (for which he won the 1957 Grand prix de littérature policière) will also be published by Pushkin Vertigo.

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Weight 0.3 kg

Translated by David Coward

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