André Jacques Wins the Prix Saint-Pacôme
On October 5, the Société du roman policier de Saint-Pacôme (SRPSP) held its 18th gala. André Jacques’ novel Ces femmes aux yeux cernés earned him the most prestigious prize of the evening, the Prix Saint-Pacôme, which is awarded to the best detective novel from a Quebec author published in the past year.
“Drawn in by the literary qualities of the work, the complexity of the investigation and the depth of the characters, the judges have chosen Ces femmes aux yeux cernés as this year’s best detective novel. The novel showcases masterly narrative skill, a flawless build-up of suspense and recurring characters that grow more complex with every novel. From Montreal to Barcelona by way of Paris, a man, his partner and his daughter flirt with violence, scenes of carnage and artistic aestheticism. André Jacques plunges us into the art world’s dark side, all the while charming us with the quality of his language and the precision of his style.” (Excerpt from the official press release of the SRPSP.)
This is the fifth time that André Jacques has been a nominee in this competition. In 2016, the Sherbrooke writer won the prize for his novel La bataille de Pavie.