Madison Smartt Bell



Trouble is brewing in the more turbulent quartiers of Paris - jihad, robberies, Vodou, and a menage a trois gone very wrong. From a distance, the all-knowing Witch of Matonge watches the players as they walk the boulevards and back alleys of a city freighted with history, intrigue, and desire. Madison Smartt Bell weaves the tale masterfully, leaving readers wondering what could possibly happen next in this dark thriller reminiscent of Graham Greene, Alan Furst, and Jean Rhys.


Madison Smartt Bell is a professor of English at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of 22 books, including three collections of short stories, two biographies, 15 novels, and the fiction writing textbook "Narrative Design". His books have been prominently published in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Holland, Brazil and Japan. His short fiction has appeared in "Best American Short Stories" and the "Norton Anthology of Short Fiction", among others. As an active literary journalist he contributes to "The New York Times", "The Nation", "The New York Review of Books", and "The Boston Globe", among others. He has taught fiction writing at the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University, and at Goucher College since 1984.