Parisian street cop and amateur boxer George The Wall Crozat is racking up an impressive kckout record in the world of underground boxing. Failing to translate his small-time boxing success into a decent source of income, however, and unable to finance his nasty prostitution habit with his meager earnings as a police officer, he contemplates a drastic career change. Finally, unable to resist a tempting offer to make some cash using his fists as en enforcer, he unwittingly becomes a pawn in a very dangerous game. Meanwhile, we learn the unsettling story of the young socialist Pascale Verini, exiled to the Algerian front during the 1957 Algerian War. As soon as he gets to Algeria, Verini is transferred to a nightmare farm in deepest Sahara, where North African prisoners of war are mercilessly tortured and killed by the French, away from prying eyes and ears. Prix Quais du Polar winner Antonin Varenne draws on his father's experiences of France's colonialist past to illuminate one of the darkest pages of France's colonial history, even as he details the grim reality of being a beat cop in present-day Paris. The result is a darkly personal, elegantly gritty tale of conspiracy, torture, corruption, and revenge.
Antonin Varenne is the multiple award-winning author of several acclaimed works of French noir; Loser's Corner is the second of these to have been translated into English. After traveling the world and completing his MA in philosophy, Varenne embarked on a career as a writer. Bed of Nails was his first of his crime novels set in the Paris underworld to be translated into English.