Syndrome E

Syndrome E

Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Hennebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and violent film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

Enlisting the help of Inspector Franck Sharko - brooding, broken analyst for the Paris police who is exploring the film’s connection to five murdered men left in the woods, Lucie begins to strip away the layers of what is perhaps the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. Soon Sharko and Lucie find themselves mired in a darkness that spreads across politics, religion, science, and art while stretching from France to Canada, Egypt to Rwanda, and beyond. And just who is responsible for this darkness will blow readers minds, as Syndrome E forces them to consider: what if the earliest and most brilliant advances and discoveries of neuroscience were not used for good - but for evil.

Title:Syndrome E
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670025787
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    Syndrome E Reviews

  • Barbara

    3.5 starsFranck Thilliez is a French author who's written several novels about the detectives in this book. However, this is the first one to be translated into English. Luckily, it can easily be read...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    This novel takes all the nostalgia of old film and creatively transforms it into something both horrific and scientific; translated from French, Syndrome E is a brilliantly-written, intelligent and in...

  • Valentina

    This was a fascinating book, full of mystery and horror, and even some romance.The idea of a movie that can affect its viewer is a good one. Like The Ring, anyone who watches it is deeply affected, if...

  • Cheryl

    An obscure film with horrible embedded images is tentatively linked to the recent discovery of five mutilated corpses at a construction site. The detectives covering each case team up to uncover the c...

  • Thomas Strmquist

    Subliminal horrible images in an old 50's film acquired by chance by a collector causes him to develop hysterical blindness. When his friend Lucie Henebelle investigates, she finds even more hidden im...

  • Holly McIntyre

    Da Vinci Code goes Cold War. I found the premise (could watching a film really make someone blind, change their brain?) interesting enough to want to read the book, but difficult to grasp throughout. ...

  • Victoria Grace

    There's a lot I can say about Franck Thilliez's epically twisted thriller Syndrome E. Was it one of the best contemporary suspense novels I've read in the past five years? Oh yes! Was it wickedly orig...

  • Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

    http://www.mybookishways.com/2014/05/...When a rare film buff, Ludovic Sénéchal, sees an ad for a bunch of old films for sale, he’s ecstatic and can’t believe his luck. He finds one film that’...

  • Brenda

    Syndrome E is the first of Franck Thilliez's Lucie Hennebelle and Franck Sharko detective novels to be translated into English, although apparently it is the third in each of those characters' respect...

  • Linda

    Cross-posted to: http://light-of-day.net/2012/08/07/bo...This book has been on my radar since it was optioned for film several months ago, and the ironic thing is, now that I’ve read it, it’s beco...