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The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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This is a brilliant and unique book full of Gothic imagination and twisted eroticism, where smells putrid and divine will waft from each page. Starting on the stinking streets of 18C Paris, a wretched orphan with an incredible sense of smell leaves the perfumeries of Paris to go South in search of the most exquisite smell of all - that of young virgins. And so the murders begin. To say the novel is disturbing is to understate things, but far from the traditional gory murder story, this is so beautifully written, so off the wall and so overpoweringly evocative that it's a joy to read.
Nic Bottomley (Wed 13th Jul 2011)

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