The Red Tricycle

Original title: Le tricycle rouge

Author: Hauuy, Vincent

Publication Date:

June 2017



Original language and publisher

French | Hugo & Compagnie


Commercial Fiction, Crime & Thrillers

The Red Tricycle

Original title: Le tricycle rouge

Author: Hauuy, Vincent

  • 2 Seas represents: Dutch, Nordic and English (USA & Canada) Rights.
  • Rights sold: Spain (Grijalbo)
  • Winner of the VSD Prize 2017 for Best French Thriller (Prix Michel Bussi du Meilleur thriller français)
  • Over 70,000 copies sold


A truly talented writing that creates deep intrigue and is full of unexpected developments.  — Michel Bussi

Noah Wallace is spent, a mere shadow of the brilliant profiler he was up until an accident takes away his wife and career. However, a postcard found at the scene of a horrific crime in Canada implicates Wallace and leads him to a series of murders committed five years earlier. Everything points to a serial killer who was presumed dead; The Demon of Vermont is back. At the same time, in New York, journalist and blogger Sophie Lavallée is investigating a reporter who disappeared in the seventies. What if both incidents were linked by the same dark secret?

The plot has been designed as a puzzle and the pieces are given chapter by chapter. The main question raised in the first pages can only be answered in the very last pages of the book. Le tricycle rouge has been thought, designed and written in order to inherit the best of the American thriller tradition: short chapters, lots of dialogues, strong vivid compelling characters, plot twists, a solid hook in the prologue and constant disturbing questions.

« In the last decade I have spent a lot of time studying, on one hand, the human brain and behaviour and, on the other, the history of games. I have done so in order to answer an important question to me: why do we feel pleasure when we play? In my opinion, this question can and should be extended as one single question: why do we feel pleasure when we read a book? Le Tricycle rouge is my answer. » — Vincent Hauuy

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