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Thrillers & Crime Novels set in France

Frederick Forsyth
The Day of the Jackal
2007 (First published: 1971)
The Jackal: A tall, blond Englishman with  opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his  profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the  world. An assassin with a contract to kill one of the  world's most heavily guarded man. And as the  minutes count down to the final act of execution, it  seems that there is no power on earth that can stop  the Jackal.
380 Pages
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Georges Simenon
Dirty Snow 
2003 (First published: 1950)
Set in occupied France during WWII, Simenon's bleak masterpiece is a dispassionate description of human cruelty. No other writer has achieved the psychological intensity of Simenon. “What many regard as the finest of all noir novels…"--Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times  
272 Pages
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Robin Moore
The French Connection
A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy
2003 (First published: 1969)
In this true, absorbing and often frightening documentary, Detectives Edward Egan and Salvatore Grosso almost stumble into a case of heroin smuggling that ultimately leads to the seizure of the largest cache of heroin ever picked up in New York. Crime syndicate heads in Canada and France are involved.
336 Pages
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Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code
Book 2 of Robert Langdon Novels
2009 (First published: 2003)
The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. The novel explores an alternative religious history, in which the Merovingian kings of France were descended from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
597 Pages
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Louise Penny
All the Devils Are Here
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 16
2021 (First published: 2020)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Paris. On their first night the Gamaches have dinner with the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured. It was no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life.
464 Pages
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