Post Script: Thirst – Thierry Sagnier

Book Cover Thirst Thierry Sagnier


Thierry Sagnier

Pigasus Books

ISBN: 9781508805441



 A fortune in drugs is missing. Finding them starts with finding her.

Colin isn’t a cop. Joe is, but isn’t up for this. Mamadou was an excellent police officer back in Senegal, but in Washington DC he drives a limo. Josie’s just a girl—a recovering crack addict fed up with her parents and with Herbie, her boyfriend. She’s planning on giving him a piece of her mind. Trouble is, Herbie stole a shipment of drugs, and now he’s dead. And let’s not forget Mollie Catfish

Now the Zulu wants his drugs, Mamadou wants revenge, Joe just wants to do his job for once, and Colin wants to save his girlfriend’s daughter. All Josie wants is to remember what Herbie might have told her, what the Zulu insists she knows. If she doesn’t—she’s dead too.

Mollie? She wants it all.

Behind the polished marble of Washington DC, lies dark alleys where everyone thirsts for something.



My View:

When is a detective not a detective? When he is a ten years sober recovering alcoholic researcher. 🙂


The pages will simply fly by as you devour this fast paced, hard boiled modern detective novel, the first in the Colin Marsh series. But when is a detective story not really a detective story? When the detective is a ten years sober recovering alcoholic researcher who suddenly finds himself obligated to help out his married lover in her search for her missing daughter. Colin Marsh experiences research of a different kind – the practical, nose to the grindstone, talk to your sources, search the internet, and trace leads kind of research that sees him morph into a modern day hero. A hero – of sorts  – Colin would not refer to himself in this way – he is flawed, he is human and he is just doing the best he can, one day at a time.

Speaking of heroes, when you have read this book – tell me what you think of the character Mamadou? Hero or anti- hero? I really liked this character- his polite ways, his insights, his sense of responsibility and his determination to avenge the death of his sister. But look past the surface, Mamadou has hidden strengths; guile, patience, discretion, a fantastic memory and the ability to manipulate those around him for his own purposes, a great friend but look out if you are an enemy. This character has a few secrets I want to discover.

This is a fast paced, action packed thriller that delights with language that flows, is conversational, realistic and not at all verbose, in fact Sagneir keeps a very tight reign on his use of words, this is pared back, minimalist kind of work – not a word is wasted, not a word is over used or spoken just for the sake of it yet the plot is well developed as are the characters and the settings come alive on the page. Sagnier can write!

4 thoughts on “Post Script: Thirst – Thierry Sagnier

  1. This sounds like it has some fascinating characters, Carol. In that way it reminds me of the work of Roger Smith. And the pace sounds great for a good thriller. Glad you enjoyed it.

      • Roger Smith is the author of Captured, Wake Up Dead, Dust Devils. and Ishmael Toffee, among others. He’s a South African, and that’s the setting for his work, basically.

      • I don’t think I have come across him before…you have so much knowledge – any chance you are writing a book about the who/how/style/setting/characters etc of crime fiction ? If not you should.

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