Come Barbarians

Come Barbarians

by Todd Babiak
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Christopher Kruse has moved to the south of France with his wife and daughter to become a better man — to escape his past as a high-priced security agent and his guilt over old wrongs. But after a harrowing accident, he finds himself drawn into a web of political gamesmanship and murder. When his wife disappears, Kruse must draw on his old instincts to find her, ahead of the police and two sinister members of a Corsican crime family. His desperate search leads him closer to his wife, and deeper into the dangerous machinations of the most powerful leaders in the country.

Come Barbarians is a gripping novel of love and loss, murder, revenge and political conspiracy. Todd Babiak has created a complex, magnetic character forced to confront his bleakest hour and his darkest impulses.


Todd Babiak, author

Todd Babiak is an award-winning author, as well as a journalist and a screenwriter. His first novel, Choke Hold, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a winner of the Henry Kreisel Award, and his second novel, The Garneau Block, was a longlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Alberta Book Award. The Book of Stanley is in development as a television series. Toby: A Man was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and won the Georges Bugnet Award. Come Barbarians was a Globe & Mail best book, urgently followed by the sequel, Son of France.


  • “Come Barbarians" is a smashing success on both fronts [literary and thriller]. The story snaps and twists in all the right places [...]. It’s a treat. - Edmonton Journal
  • If you like "The Wire" TV series, you’ll like "Come Barbarians" [...]. Babiak is one of my favourite authors and he’s written a spine-tingling thriller that should be read with the lights on and the doors locked. - Vancouver Sun
  • A gritty crime story set in France [...]. The plot comes with enough action to be straight from the script of a Hollywood thriller. - Quill & Quire
  • "Come Barbarians" is a page-turner in the vein of Steig Larsson’s "Millennium trilogy.” - The Globe & Mail

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Cooke International



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 304

publication date: 09/24/2013

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript