Framed by Tonino Benacquista

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Praise for Holy Smoke, the first in the Antoine series:

“A terrific black comedy …both a blasphemously funny satire of provincial Italian chicanery and a wry acknowledgment of the ambivalence that ambitious immigrants feel about their roots.”—The New York Times

“Unexpected deadly demands made in the name of friendship inspire the plot of this quirky mystery novel. Irreverently inveighs against romantic love, cancer and the Paris suburbs.”—The Washington Post

“An iconoclastic chronicle of small-time crooks and desperate capers, with added Gallic and Italian flair. Wonderful fun.”—Guardian

Antoine, a fanatic billiards player, is asked to watch over a Paris art gallery. When he scuffles with a thief a statue falls and severs his right hand. His maverick investigation leads to the discovery of a series of gruesome killings. Soon Antoine finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of a gallery owner. A game of billiards decides the outcome of this satirical tale which brilliantly captures the world of modern art and the parasites that infest it.

After being, in turn, a museum night-watchman, and a train guard on the Paris-Rome line, Tonino Benacquista is now a highly successful author of fiction and film scripts.


About Tonino Benacquista

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Tonino Benacquista was born in France in 1961. He is a screenwriter, cartoonist, dramaturge, and the author of four crime novels published by Bitter Lemon Press, among them Holy Smoke. Benacquista won a Cesar (French Oscar) in 2006 for the script of Jacques Audiard's The Beat that My Heart Skipped. He lives in France. Alison Anderson 's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Sélim Nassib, Amélie Nothomb and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of Muriel Barbery's novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a New York Times bestseller.
Published August 31, 2012 by Bitter Lemon Press. 209 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Crime. Fiction

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When Antoine interrupts an intruder in the midst of vandalizing an abstract work by an obscure painter, Etienne Morand, the man topples a heavy sculpture on Antoine, crushing his right hand.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Then the body of a gallery owner strangled with the same shoelace that Antoine eluded earlier is found with the right hand mutilated and Antoine on the run as a suspected murderer is left to discover just how loyal his friends ...

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Monsters and Critics

Antoine's lifestyle comes to a dramatic end when he is assaulted in the Parisian art gallery where he works.

Jul 28 2006 | Read Full Review of Framed

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