Jean-Christophe Grangé


Jean-Christophe Grangé was born in 1961 and lives in Paris. A freelance special correspondent, he eventually set up his own press agency – L and G. He has worked with other agencies, both French and foreign, on adventure and scientific reports. His first novel, Flight of the Storks, was published by the Harvill Press in 2000. It was inspired by a report on the migration of storks as it was surveyed by satellite, and soon established him as the French master of thriller.

Jean-Christophe Grangé is also a screenwriter, and has recently written the screenplay for Switch, directed by Frédéric Schoendoerffer (2011). His novels are today translated in more than 35 languages. His latest novel, Kaïken, was published in France in 2012 by Albin-Michel.


Autobiography for Quais du Polar

’51 years old. 10 novels. 9 films. After working for 10 years as a journalist, he published his first novel in 1994, inspired by one of his reports, Flight of the Storks. The programme includes Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, India, diamond and organ trafficking. In 1998 he published Blood Red Rivers, based on the opposite principle: it is set entirely in a French village, with ”gendarmes” and glaciers in the background.

Since those days, he has been dividing his time between novel and screenplay writing. Gets up at 4.00 a.m and writes every single day, all the year round. His only rule: work. His only goal: the reader’s enjoyment.’


Crime favourites

Film: Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass.

Book: The Big Nowhere, by James Ellroy.

Author: Martin Cruz Smith