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The Paris Lawyer by [Granotier, Sylvie]
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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: 884 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Le French Book (July 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H3QNSU
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By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 1, 2013
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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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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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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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Initially, I found the style of writing a bit frustrating and confusing as to who the speaker or observer may have been. But, quickly, I discovered that the technique heightened the sense of tension in the story, giving the story more depth as the mulitple layers of intrigue in the stories were uncovered.
Catherine, a young Paris lawyer finds her self taking on, essentially a pro bono representation of a woman accused of murder. At the same time, the past catches up to Catherine as she discovers more about her deceased mother. Catherine had been the only witness to her mother's murder, while still a tiny child trapped in her stoller. Now, as Catherine works to defend another on murder charges, her own life comes into review and she learns that things are not what they seem, nor is Catherine who she believes.
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This was an incredibly compelling story that maintains that peculiar sensibility that is utterly French yet eludes description. While most of the more procedurally focused stories I have read flow between police and criminal, Granotier mixes it up and gives us young lawyer Catherine Monsigny enmeshed in two different storylines of past and present.

Lush descriptions place readers in the city of Paris or in the small village in the hills of central France. It is easy to relate to the small town feel: curious neighbors, unlocked doors and a bit of suspicion about anyone different, Parisian or immigrant.

Catherine is brought forward to defend Miriam Villetrieux for the poisoning death of her husband Gaston. As an African immigrant, orphaned at a young age and brought to Paris for a position with rather dubious employers, her life has been a difficult one until she married the well-off and older Gaston. Where I expected to see far more covert and even overt racism displayed toward Miriam, I was surprised to see evidence of Catherine's difficulty in overcoming her own racial bias and tendency to jump to conclusions.

Catherine often seemed more immature than her position and education would warrant, her rush to conclusion without fully investigating people or situations was troubling, especially as she seems to lack that essential quality of `people sense', and is a horrible judge of character. I think there are two huge issues for her: the strained relationship with her father over his refusal to discuss her mother or her mother's death, and her education and lawyer speaks tend to become her separation and protection from situations that are emotionally difficult.
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