A second blistering crime novel set in France's most notorious suburb, by a police officer turned million-copy bestseller and key writer on Spiral
"Gripping . . . everything he writes is thrilling" Literary Review
"Hits the ground running and never lets up . . . Slick, sick and not for the faint-hearted . . . It will make you cry out (for more)" - Mark Sanderson, The Times on The Lost and the Damned
Olivier Norek: Former police officer, writer on SPIRAL and a million-copy bestseller
The summary execution of three dealers - one murdered in full view of a police surveillance team - is the signal for hell to be unleashed in France's most notorious suburb.
Now there's a new kingpin in charge, using his ruthless teenage enforcer to assert an iron grip on his territory. And the local mayor, no stranger to the criminal underworld, is willing to make a pact with the devil if it will secure her a third term.
Enter Capitaine Coste and his team, ready to break the rules to prevent the drugs squad from throwing an elderly stash-minder to the lions as bait. But when the blue touchpaper is lit on the estates, it will be all they can do to save their own skins from the inferno.
Once again, Norek draws on all his experience as a police officer in France's capital of crime - the same experience he drew on as a writer for the hit TV series Spiral - making Turf Wars the most authentic crime novel you'll read all year.
What readers are saying about Olivier Norek
You can see the similarities with the TV series Spiral, which can only be a major positive!
A hard hitting and gritty French crime read that makes an impact.
A great thriller, sardonic, humorous, dark.
I loved this book. Well written and had an authentic feel to it. A complete page turner.
Translated from the French by Nick Caistor
Olivier Norek served as a humanitarian aid worker in the former Yugoslavia, before embarking on an eighteen-year career in the French police, rising to the rank of capitaine in the Seine-Saint-Denis Police Judiciare. He has written six crime novels, which have sold more than a million copies in France and won a dozen literary prizes.