Synopses & Reviews
It’s the middle of a long hot summer on the French Mediterranean shore. The town is full of tourists and the at the Perpignan police headquarters, Sebag and Molino, two tired cops who are being slowly devoured by dull routine and family worries, deal with the day’s misdemeanors and petty complaints without a trace of enthusiasm. But out of the blue a young Dutch woman is brutally murdered on a beach at Argelès, and another disappears without a trace in the alleys of the city. A serial killer obsessed with Dutch women? Maybe. The media goes wild. Gilles Sebag finds himself thrust into the middle of a diabolical game. If he intends to salvage anything. He will have to put aside his domestic cares, forget his suspicions about his wife’s faithfulness, ignore his heart murmur, and get over his existential angst. He waits joylessly, patiently, and lets himself go. The stone house may end up being his grave. Who’s doing what, who’s chasing who?
"Exquisite Gallic ennui wafts through France-3 TV news anchorman Georget's first novel, but it doesn't prevent his appealing hero, national police detective Gilles Sebag, from ferreting out the twisted motives of an apparent serial murderer believed to prey on female Dutch tourists in Perpignan, a bewitching Catalan city rife with history and local color. A few years earlier, Sebag dashed his own career hopes by choosing a half-time parental leave; now, fatigued by the 'sad reality' of being a cop, he faces the approach of empty-nest-hood, the possibility that the wife he loves is unfaithful, and the one-upmanship of a smooth young officer from Paris. Sebag, a marathoner as well as a cop who finds Kleenex more useful than revolvers, can't get used to breaking his suspects into confession. His patient unraveling of both this tortuous case and his own malaise produces a crime novel trés formidable. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Philippe Georget has us hooked and he will not let us go, masterfully commanding his narrative to its final denouement." —Pol'Art Noir
"The great richness of this debut novel lies especially with its context and its characters...It is hard to believe how well [Philippe Georget] seems to know the region of Catalonia. Wander through it as a reader, in any case, solely for the sake of pleasure." —Hannibal Le Lecteur
"The author's writing style is supple and nimble, and he sets into motion an inexhaustible intrigue." —Isabelle Ollivier-Queau
"The principal character of Georget's novel is Catalonia, a region seldom used in noir fiction. Far from hyper-urban cities...the countryside, brutalized by heat, the scents of the Mediterranean and of Spain, and the cosmopolitanism of Perpignan are the massive figures who are imbued little by little, through Georget's narrative, with a new mythology." —Obiwi Magazine
About the Author
Philippe Georget was born in 1963. In France, he resumed studies that lead to a degree in history and a master's degree in journalism in 1988. He first worked for Radio France and The Rough Guide before embarking on regional television side of Orleans. He has worked as a journalist editor, cameraman and presenter. For his first novel Summertime All The Cats Are Bored he received the First Novel Award 2011 and The Mystery of the Polar Price SNCF 2011.