The Death Instinct

Mesrine, Jacques

Publisher Tamtam Books

ISBN 9780966234688

France's Public Enemy Number One from the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s – when he was killed by police in a sensational traffic shootout – Jacques Mesrine (1936–1979) is the best-known criminal in French history. Mesrine wrote 'The Death Instinct' while serving time in the high-security prison La Santé; the manuscript was smuggled out of the prison and was later published by Guy Debord's publisher Gérard Lebovici. The book deals with the early years of Mesrine's criminal life, including a horrifically graphic description of a murder he committed and a detailed account of the workings of the French criminal underworld.

324 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, pb, English


The Death Instinct