frank thillij, thriller magician

Top of the “best-seller” category in Francehandjob The author publishes a new work, 1991, which marks the return of his favorite character, Frank Sharko.

First few figures: Frank Thillies has published twenty novels since 2002. Today, at 47, he is at the top of the “bestseller” category in France. In the ranking of the best sales of 2020 published by Le Figaro-gfkhandjob It occupied the fourth position with sales of 740,000 copies. A huge success that hasn’t changed by training this engineer, who fell into the thriller pot after the 1991 discovery of Jonathan Demme’s film, the silence of the Lambs , a brilliant adaptation of the novel by Thomas Harris. Thieles is this wise man who continues on his path, followed by Bernard Minier, both successors to the predecessor Jean-Christophe Grange without whom the French thriller would not exist.

In 2020, Thillies published the excellent Twice in one go. and here he is already with 1991, his latest creation. Not the least exciting because it’s the return of his favorite character, Frank Sharko, who launched Hell’s Train for the Red Angel In 2004, the novel was followed by ten others. At the start of the series, the policeman is in his early forties, and if the author plays an aging game, like Michael Connelly with Harry Bosch, the time of retirement, or even nursing home, is approaching.. .The solution for a novelist faced with this problem is to imagine new characters (for Mickey Haller and Renée Ballard Connelly) or to stage their protagonists in an earlier era.

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perverted treasure hunt

That’s the path Thyliez chose 1991. At the time, his cop was a rookie who had come from the north and had landed on the legendary 36, the quai des Orfèvres. In addition to the facelift that operates on his character, Thillies also revisits a time when technology was not yet at the rendezvous. Nothing beats the everyday life of the current detective series – DNA searches, cellphone detection, digitization of archives, dissemination of information on social networks and streaming channels, etc. – Didn’t exist then. We are no longer in the days of the Bornish Police, but not too far away.

This old-time sloth inspired Franck Theilize, portraying the young Sharko and his team, to face two cases: he, still unsolved, “disappeared from the south of Paris”, kidnapped three women. Gone and was killed with a knife. And another, in which a perverted treasure hunt leads to a trailer where police find a rotting woman’s body. There are many burn marks of the corpse. The face is hidden under a paper bag. Near the bed, books and 22 pictures of young, naked children. A massive investigation begins to nab the author of this abomination.

Fascinated by serial killers, the novelist could not ignore that a certain Guy George, in the early 1990s, was a rapist and murderer. From the squats of the Gaute-d’Or to the Brittany, from the Haitian rites to the adventures of the magician Houdini, Frank Thillies once again unveils his imagination and joins us in an incredible story. Where is he going in search of all this, we wonder once again? The only certainty: 1991 Still a success, a high-end vintage thriller. Master Hat!

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1991, by Frank Thillij, Black River, 500 p., €22.90. river version

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