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French Tango Paperback – September 22, 2012
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"His characters tend to be guilty, stupid, and hopelessly lost - like just about everyone I know in real life. And his wit extends consistently throughout the novel..." - 5 cookies from MommaSaysRead.com
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French Tango is a very unconventional mystery. It's not a whodunit (à la Agatha Christy) or even a howdunit (an intriguing part of many Sherlock Holmes stories). At its surface, most readers will enjoy the characters and the humor.
And you may even find some light satire tucked between the book covers.
Recommended for book clubs looking for an entertaining read that leaves each member with a different interpretation -- and plenty to discuss. Please visit the author's website for book club topics and more about the book.
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Some might ask why I put this confession. Here is why. Many of the characters in this book were so accurately French in all ways that I had to chuckle as their ways reminded me of my long ago relatives, how they spoke, their sense of humor and more. Even both priests, the one who dies, and the one at the end who comes to replace him, are accurate, if on different sides of the pole.
As the book description says, this is a novel combining mystery, humor, action, and tangled webs of suspicion. To me, the author manages to do this seamlessly. At one point you would be in suspense for the mystery part, then be laughing at another part, then holding your breath for the action part. Then, when you can finally take a breath, all you can do is say....WOW!
Buy the book folks. You won't be sorry.
Read it! You won't be disappointed.
A parish priest climbs the rickety steps in the bell tower of an old Catholic church and falls to his death into a circle of lit candles. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Did a local crime lord orchestrate a murder?
Unfortunately for the reader expecting a coherent investigation, the author doesn't provide one. Instead he depicts the lives of townspeople, from the church secretary to a young man with a crippled sister who teeters on the brink of delinquency. Into the mix he tosses the unfaithful wife of the above referenced alleged Don, the town's chief of police and his deputy, a comically inept pair of interlopers, and, most intriguingly, a church "Envoy," whose actions and purpose are never fully disclosed.
On occasion, this motley group interacts in frankly hilarious ways, like the characters in many Donald Westlake novels. I laughed out loud during the sequence in which the crippled sister, who is obsessed with romance novels, particularly Westerns, presents her brother with a "steed." Their two-up ride through the town brought tears both of amusement and pathos to my eyes.
Rousseau's writing is both engaging and fluid. Although I didn't find the police procedural I expected, I still enjoyed the tale with its mysterious and funny twists.