Winner of the 1957 Grand prix de la litterature policiere It was fate that led her to step out in front of the car. A quiet mountain road. A crushed violin. And a beautiful woman lying motionless in the ditch. Carrying her back to his lodging on a beach near Barcelona, Daniel discovers that the woman is still alive but that she remembers nothing - not even her own name. And soon he has fallen for her mysterious allure. She is a blank canvas, a perfect muse, and his alone. But when Daniel travels to France in search of her past, he slips into a tangled vortex of lies, depravity and murder. The Executioner Weeps is a macabre thriller about the dangerous pitfalls of love. ´The French master of noir´ Observer ´Unsettling...worthy of Agatha Christie at her devious best...classic French noir´ Guardian ´Hugely atmospheric´ The Times ´Spellbinding´ Wall Street Journal ´Disturbing from the outset with strong echoes of Simenon´ Sunday Times Frederic Dard (1921-2000) was one of the best known and loved French crime writers of the twentieth century.Enormously prolific, he wrote more than three hundred thrillers, suspense stories, plays and screenplays, under a variety of noms de plume, throughout his long and illustrious career, which also saw him win the 1957 Grand prix de la litterature policiere for The Executioner Weeps. Dard´s Bird in a Cage, The Wicked Go to Hell, Crush, The Gravediggers´ Bread and The King of Fools are also available or forthcoming from Pushkin Vertigo.