No. 1000


Man, I’m really excited about this. Gravesend is coming out in France on March 30th from Rivages (translated by Simon Baril, who has also translated Peter Temple and Marilynne Robinson). They’ve chosen it to be #1,000 in their noir collection, which coincides with their 30th anniversary. #1 was Jim Thompson’s Recoil. #100 was James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia. I’m honored beyond words. I’ll be in Paris for the release and Lyon for Quais du polar right after. I’m really not sure what to say. This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me as a writer and one of the things I dreamed about right after Eamon was born when I was plugging away on Gravesend in the mornings before work and in whatever little spare time I had.


One thought on “No. 1000

  1. Bonjour William!

    First of all, let me apologize in advance for the poor English…

    We say in France that “Silence after Mozart is still Mozart” : I just finished “Gravesend” and they are all here with me, not only the “stars” of the novel but all the characters, Pop, Sweat, Steph, Mrs Dirello, Teemo, Lou, Mr Aherne… Whatever they are, whatever they do, we feel in each page how much you care about them.

    So, to make it short, a great novel, served by a great translation, a great idea for the #1000 of this great collection hosting -once again- a great author.

    So, thank you and read you soon – I hope!

    Sincerely yours,


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