A U.S. film adaptation of Pierre Lemaitre's International Dagger award-winning kidnap thriller "Alex," featuring Commander Verhoeven, will begin shooting in Paris later this year.
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After the international success of Scandinavian crime writing, France's own small army of fictional detectives and amateur sleuths is sparking unprecedented interest from English-language publishers on the lookout for the next big thing.Christopher MacLehose, who discovered the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson for an international readership, says that, after years on the sidelines, French crime writers are finally moving "center stage". In a sign of the growing interest in French crime writers, a U.S. film adaptation of author Pierre Lemaitre's kidnap thriller "Alex," featuring Commander Verhoeven, will begin shooting in Paris later this year. Lemaitre won the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger award for the book in 2013 . Maylis Vauterin – of French crime fiction specialists Viviane Hamy, in Paris, whose stable of authors includes the best-selling Fred Vargas – said a new generation of crime writers had emerged since the house was set up as a niche publisher 20 years ago.Other Gallic crime authors include Andrea Japp, who also translates U.S. crime writer Patrica Cornwell into French; Armand Cabasson, a psychiatrist who has set three of his detective novels against the backdrop of Napoleonic-era France; and the late Pascal Garnier.Garnier, who died in 2010, was the author of around 60 books.
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