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A Very Profitable War

Didier Daeninckx | Translated by Sarah Martin | January, 2013

A rollicking noir set in Paris, during the anarchic days following World War One

In January 1920, in the aftermath of “the war to end all wars,” private detective René Griffon is hired to investigate the marital infidelities of the wife of a war hero.

But what he uncovers is more than shabby behavior, and more than a sex scandal — what he uncovers is a scandal with devastating national implications. And as Griffon’s investigation plunges him into the murky world of blackmail, murder, anarchists, profiteering, and the repercussions of the war’s dark secrets, he discovers that the people who helped France win the war are being made to pay for the peace.

Both homage to its American predecessors and critique of the Americanization of French—and global—culture, A Very Profitable War is a tense and evocative book that will linger long after its startling conclusion.


DIDIER DAENINCKX is France’s leading political crime writer. He has written more than forty books, including Murder in Memoriam, also available from Melville House. Also a journalist and author of literary fiction, he won the 2012 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for his short-story collection L’espoir en contrebande.


“The most controversial of contemporary French crime novelists.” 
—The Independent

“An entertaining thriller … A Very Profitable War is also noteworthy because Daeninckx doesn’t just think outside the box as far as this fairly well-worn genre goes, he shatters it.” The Complete Review

“One hell of an unflinching look at war and its aftermath.” —The Thrilling Detective

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