Winner of the French Crime Writers' Association Award
This fast-moving story traces the dark, sinuous paths of sinister events that are unfolding in Le Sentier, the heart of the Parisian rag-trade. One spring morning a Thai girl is found dead in a fashion workshop, inciting a tangle of illicit events involving illegal immigration, oppressed sweatshop workers, prostitution rings, and a gay police officer and his Turkish lover. Other mysterious secrets lie hidden in the upper registers of Parisian society, including heroin trafficking and a sex club where patrons are secretly filmed, all serving as tantalizing fodder for this gripping morality tale of late-20th-century Paris.
'The novel I liked most this year. Set in Le Sentier, the district of Paris where expensive clothes are made in sweatshops, it uses real events - the struggle by foreign workers in 1980 to get legal status - as the setting for an extraordinarily vivid crime novel' Joan Smith, Books of the Year, Independent
'A splendid neo-realistic tale of everyday bleakness and transgression set in the seedy underworld of Paris. You can smell the Gitanes and pastis fumes of the real France' Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian
'The complexity and the uncompromising tone have drawn comparisons with American writers such as James Ellroy. But Manotti's ability to convey the unique rhythms of a French police investigation distinguishes Rough Trade' Daily Telegraph
'Tightly written, undoubtedly realistic and often exciting' The Times
'Rough Trade is an excellent crime novel. It is written in an unfalteringly assured style (it is hard to believe it is a first novel), the overlapping mysteries are realistically conveyed and the outcomes believable, the characterisation is strong, and there is real emotion in some of the stories, moving and tragic, that are played out in the pages' Euro Crime
'Rough Trade is an unusual, gripping and challenging read. I loved it from first to last and suspect strongly it will be one of my books of the year' reviewingtheevidence