frank thillij, magician of the thriller


At the top of the “best-seller” category in Francehandjob The author publishes a new work, 1991, which marks the return of his favorite character, Frank Sharko.

First figures: Frank Thillies has published twenty novels since 2002. Today, at 47, he is at the top of the “best-seller” category in France. In the ranking of the best sales of 2020 published by Le Figaro-gfkhandjob It occupies the fourth position with sales of 740,000 copies. A huge success that has not changed by training this engineer, who fell into the pot of the thriller after the discovery in 1991 of Jonathan Demme’s film, thesilenceofthelambs , a brilliant adaptation of the novel by Thomas Harris. Thieles is this wise man who continues his momentum, followed by Bernard Minier, both successors of the predecessor Jean-Christophe Grange without whom the French thriller would not exist.

In 2020, Thillies released the excellent Twice at once. and here it is already with 1991, his latest creation. Not the least exciting because it is the return of his favorite character, Frank Sharko, who launched Hell train for the red angel In 2004, the novel was followed by ten others. At the start of the series, the policeman is in his early forties, and if the author is playing an aging game, like Michael Connelly with Harry Bosch, the time for retirement, or even the retirement home, is approaching … The solution for a novelist faced with this problem is to imagine new characters (for Mickey Haller and Renée Ballard Connelly) or to stage their protagonists in an earlier era.

perverse treasure hunt

This is the path Thyliez chose 1991. At the time, his cop was a rookie from the north who landed on the mythical 36, quai des Orfèvres. In addition to the facelift that operates on his character, Thillies also revisits a time when technology was not yet at the rendezvous. Nothing beats the everyday life of current crime series – DNA searches, cell phone detection, digitization of archives, dissemination of information on social networks and streaming channels, etc. – did not exist then. It’s not the Bornish Police era anymore, but not too far away.

This sloth of yesteryear inspired Franck Theilize, playing the young Sharko and his team, to face two cases: he, still unsolved, “disappeared from the south of Paris”, kidnapped three women. Gone and was killed with a knife. And another, in which a kinky treasure hunt leads to a caravan where the police find the body of a decomposing woman. There are a lot of burn marks on the corpse. The face is hidden under a paper bag. Near the bed, books and 22 photos of young naked children. A massive investigation begins to catch the author of this abomination.

Fascinated by serial killers, the novelist could not ignore that a certain Guy George, in the early 1990s, was a rapist and a murderer. From the squats of Gaute-d’Or to Brittany, from Haitian rites to the adventures of the magician Houdini, Frank Thillies once again reveals his imagination and joins us in an incredible story. Where does he go in search of all this, one wonders again? The only certainty: 1991 Always a success, a high-end vintage thriller. Master’s hat!

1991, by Frank Thillij, Rivière Noire, 500 p., € 22.90. river version

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