A taut and darkly funny account of an unusual woman and her voyage into the underground ecosystem of crime and justice in contemporary France.
The French bestseller La Daronne
Now a major film starring Isabelle Huppert
Meet Patience Portefeux, fifty-three, an underpaid French-Arabic translator who specialises in police phone taps. Widowed after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is wedged between the costs of raising her daughters and the nursing home fees for her ageing mother. She's laboured for twenty-five years to keep everyone's heads above water.
Happening upon an especially revealing set of wiretaps ahead of all other authorities, Patience makes a life-altering decision that sees her intervening in - and infiltrating - the machinations of a massive drug deal. She thus embarks on an entirely new career path- Patience becomes 'the Godmother'.
With a gallery of traffickers, dealers, police officers and politicians more real than life itself, and an unforgettable woman at its centre, Hannelore Cayre's bestselling novel shines a torchlight on a European criminal underworld that has rarely been seen, casting a piercing and darkly humorous gaze on everyday survival in con-temporary France.
'Devourable in a sitting' -Sarah Krasnostein
'Vivid, smoky dialogue and a sly ending that ticks all the boxes . . . Masterly' -Le Figaro
'A visceral delight' -Angela Savage
Publication Date: 03-Sep-2019
Publisher: Schwartz Books Pty, Limited