«When you start a career as a smoker
you are substantially the murderer of yourself.
For force majeure, I became a murderer of other people».
A successful fifty-year-old, Fabrice Valantine is a brilliant executive of a prestigious company. He has a beautiful wife, and teenage daughter, and he is an avid smoker, viscerally tied to his two packs of Bensons a day. The anti-smoking law that enters effect in France in 2007 turns his life upside down. After giving in to his wife’s insistence and trying hypnosis, Fabrice totally loses the pleasure of smoking. Cigarettes disgust him, but the change is too big; a “bereavement” that destabilises him. After accidentally committing a crime, Fabrice discovers that he can return to having a longed-for cigarette every time he kills someone. And so, applying himself and with method, he undertakes the career of serial killer.
A thrilling, intriguing crime novel in the sign of the politically incorrect and desecration, with a light and entertaining narration, along with a sort of melancholic indignation, only seemingly cynical and distant.
Antoine Laurain is a promising, young French author who has travelled the atypical route of scenographer, antique dealer and collector. He has published Ailleurs si j’y suis (2007), winner of the Drouot prize and Carrefour des nostalgies (2009). Fume et tue (2008), enthusiastically hailed by French readers, is his first book translated in Italy.