Jean-Patrick Manchette, translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith
JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE (1942-1995) was a French crime novelist, screenwriter, critic, and translator.
And sometimes what used to happen was what is happening now: Georges Gerfaut is driving on Pariss outer ring road. He has entered at the Porte dIvry.
The black Oldsmobile proceeded cautiously over the sand of a beach. Balazs was at the wheel. In the back seat Maurer and Branko sat on either side of a seven-year-old girl wrapped up in a sleeping bag whom they had rendered unconscious with a morphine shot.
The hunters were six in number, men mostly fifty or older, but also two younger ones with sarcastic expressions. They all wore check shirts, sheepskin jackets, waterproof khaki trench coats, more or less high boots, and caps. One of the two younger guys was all skin and bone, and one of the fifty-year-olds, a bespectacled pharmacist with white hair in a crew cut, was fairly thin.