Parisian scapegoat Benjamin Malaussène, along with his family of half sisters and brothers, are once again the target for a series of increasingly catastrophic mishaps that culminate in Malaussène’s imprisonment on 21 counts of murder. Meanwhile, the real serial killer remains at large. In this sprawling thriller, which brings the Belleville Quintet” to a close, Pennac has allowed his unique imagination to run riot. From the art of the tattoo to cinema history, from the intricacies of cutting-edge surgery to the wonders of the wines of Jura, this extraordinary crime caper has something for everyone. Daniel Pennac’s Belleville Quintet,” a cult success in France, also includes The Scapegoat, The Fairy Gunmother, Passion Fruit, and Write to Kill.