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About the Author

Didier Daeninckx was born in 1949 in Saint-Denis. Daeninckx, France s leading crime novelist, has written more than forty books. Daeninckx is considered one of the main authors to have espoused the idea that popular literature should engage social and political problems.His novel"Murder in Memoriam"forced the French government to try Nazi collaborators, which led to a conviction of collaborator Paul Touvier to life imprisonment and for President Francois Mitterrand to declare July 16 a day of national reflection on fascism and racism in France.is also the author of"A Very Profitable War." Also a journalist and an author of literary fiction, he won the 2012 Prix Goncourt for his book"L espoir en contrabande.""

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Product Details

  • Series: Melville International Crime
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Melville International Crime (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612191460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612191461
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many "critical" reviewers of this book in their synopsizes of the story, among other things, will probably talk about the lack of character development and the rushing of action and thus the incompleteness of various parts of the story.

But this book is much more than a detective story. It's an attempt, using the detective story as a framework, to elucidate and weave together parts of French history that the author, born in Drancy with that city's horrible connotation, no doubt, constantly in his mind, experienced living in Paris during the 1961 massacre of Algerians when Maurice Papon was Prefet de Police de Paris and during also the trials of Maurice Papon (1981-2004) for crimes against humanity. Consequently, to read this story on a level other than that of simple detective fiction, the reader needs to have a knowledge of French history. For instance, the figure of Veillut is a stand-in for Papon.

Considering that this book was originally published in 1984 during the Papon trials when the events surrounding both the "rafles" of Jews during WWII and the massacre of Algerians in Paris in 1961 were still pretty hush-hush, this book was a brave and tremendous step forward in publicizing these crimes in a country that manifests openly its respect for Les Droits de l'Homme. Just last week on the 51st anniversary of the Paris Massacre, M. Hollande, the French President, finally stated that "On Oct. 17, 1961, Algerians who were protesting for independence were killed in a bloody repression."

As detective fiction, this book, for some, may leave a lot to be desired, but as a look at French history, it's one of a kind.
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