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The Paris Lawyer [Kindle Edition]

Sylvie Granotier , Anne Trager
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“A beautifully written and elegantly structured novel of a woman's attempt to solve the central mystery of her life, along with several other mysteries along the way. It captures the reader from the first page, and never lets go.”
— Thomas H. Cook, winner of the Martin Beck Award, Barry Award for Best Novel, Edgar Award for Best Novel

Winner of the Grand Prix Sang d’Encre crime fiction award in 2011, for the first time in English.

As a child, Catherine Monsigny was the only witness to a heinous crime. Now, she is an ambitious rookie attorney in sophisticated modern-day Paris. On the side, she does pro bono work and hits the jackpot: a major felony case that could boost her career. A black woman is accused of poisoning her rich farmer husband in a peaceful village in central France, where the beautiful, rolling hills hold dark secrets. While preparing the case, Catherine’s own past comes back with a vengeance. This fast- paced story follows Catherine’s determined search for the truth in both her case and her own life. Who can she believe? And can you ever escape from your past? The story twists and turns, combining subtle psychological insight with a detailed sense of place.

"This is a complex tale, skillfully told, that will keep you in suspense to the very end.”
— Patricia MacDonald, Edgar-award nominee

“Full of surprises and twists that will keep you reading late into the night.”
–Cosmopolitan

“This is a suspense novel with an absolutely perfect atmosphere. The writing is subtle, racy, controlled. It is written with great art!”
— RTL.be

“Everything in this book—the plot, the atmosphere, the characters, and the style—is perfectly mastered from beginning to end.”
— L’Echo


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Catherine Monsigny has finally convinced her boss to let her argue a felony case before the Coer d’Assise—an enormous step in the staunchly determined young lawyer’s career. Her client is Myriam Villetreix, an African émigré accused of poisoning her wealthy French husband. Catherine throws herself into the case, challenged by Myriam’s reticence and her own lack of connections in the tight-knit rural Creuse region of France where the case will be tried. Inconveniently, the picturesque setting awakens Catherine’s disturbing childhood memories of witnessing her mother’s murder. She knows only that the attack happened in the country, and her father’s refusal to reveal information stokes her drive to resolve her questions. When Catherine senses she’s being stalked, all of the mysteries she’s been tracking converge, and she’s not sure if she’s being warned off Myriam’s case, her questions about her mother’s murder, or her obsessive relationship with a mysterious client. Granotier, a French actress and best-selling author, has a knack for creating drama and atmospheric suspense. Fans of Elizabeth George and Ruth Rendell will eat this one up. --Christine Tran

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"Granotier, a French actress and best-selling author, has a knack for creating drama and atmospheric suspense. Fans of Elizabeth George and Ruth Rendell will eat this one up." - Booklist

"A beautifully written and elegantly structured novel of a woman's attempt to solve the central mystery of her life, and several other mysteries along the way. It captures the reader from the first page, and never lets go." - Edgar Award-winning author Thomas H. Cook "Full of surprises and twists that will keep you reading late into the night." -Cosmopolitan "This is a suspense novel with an absolutely perfect atmosphere. The writing is subtle, racy, controlled. It is written with great art!" -RTL.be "Everything in this book--the plot, the atmosphere, the characters, and the style--is perfectly mastered from beginning to end." -Echo "The author has a distinctive style and an unsurpassed talent for delving deep into her characters' minds. It is a disturbing read." -Madame Figaro "Reading this is like having a fever. The author takes the reader from dark humor to cold anxiety at a diabolic pace."-Notre temps "The Paris Lawyer has a compelling heroine. She is a young attorney, working on a fascinating, mysterious case, but she is also a woman haunted by a tragic event in her own past, the murder of her mother. Sylvie Granotier interweaves the past and present with a sure hand, and her characters have a psychological depth which is rare in crime fiction today. This is a complex tale, skillfully told, that will keep you in suspense to the very end." -Patricia MacDonald "A powerful, well-written thriller, but also a meditation on the nature of love and marriage, and whether we can ever escape the past and reinvent ourselves." -Crime Fiction Lover

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Le French Book (July 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H3QNSU
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Catherine Monsigny, a young lawyer, takes on the defense of Myriam Villetreix who is accused of poisoning Gaston, the man who apparently saved her from deportation by marrying her. Catherine sees the case as her springboard to fame, although she wonders how she will interest Parisian reporters in the murder of a farmer in a rural community in central France. It happens to be the same community where Catherine's mother was murdered when Catherine was only four years old. Catherine's mother was killed in a park where Catherine was found crying in a stroller. The killer was never identified.

As Catherine was growing up, her bottled-up father refused to talk to her about her mother. Her father always tried to replace the reality of her mother's death with a myth, casting her mother as a princess struck down by evil witches, and Catherine as a girl who is protected by fairies. Her memories of that day -- someone handing her the piece of cloth she had dropped -- might be false. She may have been too young to remember anything, as her father has always insisted.

Catherine is an introspective character. She is young and naïve. "She believes in everything she has not experienced." Yet she is also rebellious and adventurous, as she proves by bedding one of her clients early the novel, shortly after she gets him acquitted. She wonders whether she is (like some of the people she sees accused of sex crimes) a mere "consumer of flesh," unable to see her partners as anything other than objects of her desire. As the novel progresses, Catherine undergoes a maturation process, feeling by the end of the story that, at the age of twenty-six, she is "older than the rest of the world."

In part, The Paris Lawyer is a family drama.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a murder mystery - it's elegant magic! October 28, 2013
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Dr. Claude Monsigny regarded himself as the model father for his model little daughter, Catherine Monsigny. Catherine did not know her mother, Violet, who was brutally murdered as a young women. The gruesome event took place when Violet took her little baby daughter, Catherine, in stroller for a walk, never to return. He would combine the roles of both parents in raising her and protecting her against anything sinister that might possibly bring more harm to her. He made sure that a personal holocaust of Violet's memory would be executed in ensuring that his baby girl would never again be reminded of that day. Catherine was not allowed to ever talk about her again. She did not even know where her mother was buried. She did not even know about "Devil's Wash, the place where Violet loved the rocks, the multiple waterfalls, the dark mystery and the crystalline cheerfulness."

As a young adult, twenty-five-year old Catherine Monsigny was on the brink of her first big murder case in the Creuse, France as a lawyer. Gaston Villetreix died and his African wife, Myriam (N'Bissi), was accused of murdering him. The case could mean a first big break for Catharine and she was willing to leave Paris and represent the accused in her home village in The Creuse region of France. However, before leaving Paris, she was defending Cedric Devers in an assault and battery case, in Paris, and she started to get flashbacks about her mother and the day of her murder. It would become more frequent when she arrived in the village, which startled and upset her since her memories were dormant for most of her life.

She was just a baby, way too young, to remember what really happened that day.

Her father never remarried. He never could replace the love he had for his wife.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery with a Twist April 20, 2013
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The Paris of glamorous clothes, stunning architecture, and mouth-watering eateries fades into the background of the French legal system, and the Paris lawyer Catherine Monsigny. She must go back to a small country town where her mother was murdered to defend a woman protesting her innocence of murdering her husband. Small towns distrust those from Paris, so Catherine must win them over to get their help. People start to appear in her life that are tied to both crimes and she sorts them out and puts the pieces of the puzzle together for a terrifying twist at the end. A very good read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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“The Paris Lawyer” by Sylvie Granotier is a thrilling story about one woman's attempt to solve the great mystery of her life, the author’s first novel translated into English but hopefully not the last because of its quality.

The novel’s main character, young attorney from Paris named Catherine Monsigny, as a child was the only witness to a hideous crime when her mother was murdered.
Catherine is woman full of ambition, though besides working on pro bono cases until she got involved in a major felony case that could help her in future career.
The case is about a black woman Myriam Villetreix, accused of poisoning her wealthy husband man who apparently saved her from deportation by marrying her.
This murder happened in a peaceful French village which hides many secrets and the same place where Catherine's mother was murdered when she was small girl.

And while starting work on this case, slowly her own past begins to interwoven with things that are happening in the present.
So Catherine at the same time will have to solve the case that can bring her career to the stars, but also a secret that marked her childhood and a whole life...

Sylvie Granotier was completely unknown writer for me prior to reading of this novel, later I learned that she is author of fourteen novels and many short stories, and a major crime fiction author in France.
“The Paris Lawyer” story is full of twists and turns, and the way in which the action unfolds and becomes entangled in many ways resembles a worldwide hit novel “Gone Girl”.

It is difficult to write anything about the book and its story, and at the same time not spoil the pleasure of reading but the experience of the author in creating compelling characters and thrilling story is obvious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Icky main character
I didn't care for this book, in fact didn't finish it. The main character is really boring.
Published 13 days ago by Nanabird
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good
Published 26 days ago by Victoria L Dyer
2.0 out of 5 stars ... usually finish a book in 1-2 days if it's good, a week if it's...
I can usually finish a book in 1-2 days if it's good, a week if it's only so-so, this took me almost a month. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia A. Paxton
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing to the end
Young and ambitious lawyer Catherine is given her first major case and is desperate to prove herself to her boss. Read more
Published 1 month ago by FrenchVillageDiaries
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A little difficult to follow at times.
Published 2 months ago by Ruby Anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars Unclear Flasbacks
Fast moving story, but characters are a little incomplete.
Published 2 months ago by Vanica Royster
3.0 out of 5 stars I found it a little difficult to get on with ...
I found it a little difficult to get on with the author's thoughts and writing style. However, I kept reading because I wanted to find the truth.
Published 2 months ago by JoAnn Tripoli
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I just couldn't get into this book despite loving everything French.
Published 3 months ago by Chezz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed this book thoroughly, from start to finish.
Published 3 months ago by C.J. Patti
4.0 out of 5 stars A family drama intricately woven into a the tale of a Parisian...
I really enjoyed Sylvie Granotier's first novel translated into English. Would love to read more of her works and hope that many more of her works are translated for her new... Read more
Published 4 months ago by HHH
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More About the Author

Author, screenwriter and actress Sylvie Granotier loves to weave plots that send shivers up your spine. She was born in Algeria and grew up in Paris and Morocco. She studied literature and theater in Paris, then set off traveling--the United States, Brazil, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, ending with a tour of Europe. She wound up in Paris again, an actress, with a job and some recognition. But she is a writer at heart, and started her publishing career translating Grace Paley's short story collection Enormous Changes at the Last Minute into French. Fourteen novels and many short stories later, Sylvie Granotier is a major crime fiction author in France. She has met with continued success, and is translated into German, Italian, Russian and Greek. The Paris Lawyer is her first novel to be translated into English. This legal procedural that doubles as a psychological thriller is full of plot twists that bring us into the heart of French countryside, La Creuse, a place full of nineteenth-century landscapes and dark secrets. Sylvie splits her time between Paris and the Creuse.

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