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 complexity and the uncompromising tone of Manotti's writing have drawn comparisons with American writers such as James Ellroy. But her ability to convey the unique rhythms of a French police investigation distinguishes Rough Trade, and one hopes that Manotti, and Daquin, will reappear in English translation' Telegraph
'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