The 7th Woman

Award-winning mystery set in Paris

Edge-of-your-seat suspense in the first Paris Homicide mystery.

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 goes behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner's office, with the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details.


  • 2007 Prix du Quai des Orfèvres, a prestigious French crime fiction award, the “Goncourt of crime fiction”
  • Named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year
  • International bestseller: 150,000 copies sold

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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 Paris Homicide series. This is the first one of the series.

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Anne Trager has lived in France for over twenty-six years, working in translation, publishing, and communications.

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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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Frédérique Molay with Mary Higgins Clark