Lost in America

JEAN-LUC BERTINI / OPALE

BETE NOIRE: Kennedy's latest tells of a mysterious woman haunting Paris' fifth arrondissement

Since its publication in France in May, Douglas Kennedy's The Woman in the Fifth has sold more than 200,000 copies and dominated best-seller lists. The novel will enjoy similar success when it appears in a dozen other countries over the next few months. That's an easy prediction to make because a) like the American author's six previous novels, this one is brisk, brainy and enjoyable, and b) each of those titles has sold at least half a million copies worldwide.

Just don't look for The Woman in the Fifth in the U.S. — it does not...

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