France, 2019. A man finds himself wandering the streets of Paris, haunted by a vision of a young woman’s bloody corpse. He doesn’t know who she is, but he is tormented by her grisly death—and by the terrifying thought, Could I be her murderer? Horror-struck and dazed, he makes his way home, only to have his wife recoil from him and his friends deride him, hostile and pitiless. Perhaps most shocking of all: When he looks in the mirror, he sees nothing.
What follows is a dystopian story of electrifying suspense as the hero of Noir chases after the truth—the truth of who he is, of what he has done, and of what has happened to the world around him. Meanwhile, the secret police are after him, and he finds unlikely refuge with the Noir, a secret and highly elusive group that is wanted by the French National Party.
Like P.D. James’s Children of Men and Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Noir is chillingly timely, a novel both dark and visionary in its literary observation of contemporary political responsibility and moral choice. Pauvert takes his place alongside J.G. Ballard, Michel Houellebecq, Kathy Acker, Louis-Ferdinand Celine and the other great writers of transgressive fiction.