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The 7th Woman by Frederique Molay


Intrigue in Paris

Frédérique Molay, author of the 7th Woman

by Frédérique Molay, translated by Anne Trager


There’s no rest for Paris’s top criminal investigation division, La Crim’. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure? The story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page, leading you behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. It has the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details, giving a whole new dimension to Paris.


  • 2007 Prix du Quai des Orfèvres, a prestigious French crime fiction award, the “Goncourt of crime fiction”
  • Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year, 2007, Lire Magazine
  • Several weeks on top of the bestseller lists in France
  • Translated into seven languages
  • Over 150,000 copies sold in France


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The author

After the huge success The 7th Woman met in France, Frédérique Molay left her career in politics to dedicate her life to writing and raising her three children. She now has five books to her name, including three in the Chief Inspector Nico Sirsky series. This is the first one of the series.


Frédérique Molay is the French Michael Connelly.”

Jean Miot,  Agence France Press

“Molay uses meticulous police procedure and forensics to bolster gripping scenes of terror. Let’s hope more installments from this series cross the ocean soon.”


“The 7th woman is a taut and terror-filled thriller. Frédérique Molay navigates French police procedure with a deft touch, creating a lightening quick, sinister plot with twists and turns that kept me reading late and guessing to the very end. Inspector Nico Sirsky is every bit as engaging and dogged as Arkady Renko in Gorky Park and is sure to become a favorite with readers in the United States and around the world.”

New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni


The 7th Woman blends suspense and authentic police procedure with a parallel tale of redemption. Well-drawn characters and ratcheting tension won’t let you put the book down. I read this in one sitting.”

            – Paris mystery writer Cara Black


“A bloody, yet remarkable plot that races forward and focuses on likeable characters. An unequivocal success.” 

–L’Action Française

“It’s really an excellent book. It’s the kind of suspense that makes you miss your subway stop or make you turn off you phone once you’ve started it, and we are hoping that Frédérique Molay writes many more like it.” 


“An excellent crime novel that you read in one sitting.” 


“Skillful suspense.”


“You barely have time to catch your breath between turning the pages of this spine-tingling novel. ”

–Cine Tele Revue


  • Durango Herald: “It is a handsomely written and wonderfully translated Parisian police procedural that also will prowl your mind…The ugly parts are appalling, but Molay has the prowess to touch lightly upon them before exploring the horror seeping into the hardened police ranks”
  • ForeWord Reviews: The 7th Woman: “a slick, highly realistic, and impeccably crafted thriller. Likeable characters, outstanding pacing, and unexpected plot twists that keep readers guessing throughout…an extraordinary, hard-hitting novel.”
  • Above the Law – At the Scene of the Crime: “Author Frérerique Molay writes very well, and occasionally there is a touch of horror and a layer of suspense throughout…the plot manages to take you to interesting places. And overall, it was an enjoyable book to read. I commend Anne Trager’s translation of the book—it was really quite well-done, and the editing and formatting for the Kindle was also well done.”
  • Fresh Meat - The 7th Woman by Frédérique Molay: “Author Frédérique Molay does a superb job of building the suspense in overt and subtle ways…Don’t pick this book up unless you’re planning to read for a while because, I assure you, you won’t be able to put it down.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: “It is the best mystery/police procedural I have read in quite some time.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”The writing is superb and so refreshing to have a translation in American English. Keeps you guessing… the whole story is so beautifully crafted it is hard to put down once you start it.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”Would have given it nine out of ten stars if Amazon used my personal ranking system… This book is an outstanding page turner and I hope that more of this author’s books are translated into English. Translation is very good. Peripheral characters slowly and casually appear as plot progresses and readers will find themselves raising an eyebrow and thinking “could this be the perpetrator? ” Author keeps you guessing.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: What a terrific suspense novel. Just could not put it down until I finished it that night. Recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a thrilling read.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”It was so thrilling that I started to read faster to get more of the story; I stayed up 2 hours later than normal … just to finish… then, felt disappointed because the story ended. I wanted to know what happened to the characters, Nico’s ex-wife, his son and the new love of his life, the Doc…If you want a fast paced, exciting mystery story, “The 7th Woman” is the next book you should e-read, you won’t be disappointed, well maybe a little, disappointed that the story ended.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”The story is gripping (a gripping story is one that I stay up too late reading), a bit gory – as others have mentioned – and educational as to the workings of the Paris police. Like most good detective stories false leads and possible suspects abound. Patience and good police work win out, but at a significant cost.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”This is an interesting and entertaining book, but it also has wonderful lighthearted moments and a dash of romance. The story is taut and fascinating. A great murder mystery with good police procedurally. If you’re a true mystery fan, you’ll like this one.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”This book was fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat reading it, and the twists and turns kept me guessing until the reveal. I only hope that more books in the series with Nico Sirsky will be translated, as I think I’ve found a new favourite author!”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”All in all, a very entertaining puzzle and a good read.”
  • Finding Time to Write: “The plot has plenty of twists and dead ends to keep you guessing and entertained: it certainly had me reading until late at night. But what I really liked about the books are the realistic and workman-like descriptions of the police investigation…All in all, an enjoyable, solid police procedural, which proves you can sustain suspense without going overboard on thrillerish elements.”
  • Marienella – Books, Fashion, Movies: “With the crime-solving tenacity of “CSI” and the bold profiling moves of “Criminal Minds”, The 7th Woman takes back from television what was once the purview of books – cerebral crime-solving thriller that hooks you from the first moment on.”
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The book

The 7th Woman

by Frédérique Molay; translated by Anne Trager —e-book $7.95; trade paperback $16.95—published by Le French Book — ISBN: 978-0-9853206-6-9 (Kindle)/ 978-0-9853206-7-6 (epub)/ 978-1-939474-03-2 (trade paperback)— First published in French (La 7e Femme, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris) — Direct-to-digital translation available; trade paperback release: June 10, 2014


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