Paris Requiem

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A gripping psychological period thriller, presenting a hotbed of vice and murderous entanglements against the atmospheric backdrop of deeply troubling historical events.

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Overview

A gripping psychological period thriller, presenting a hotbed of vice and murderous entanglements against the atmospheric backdrop of deeply troubling historical events.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
At the outset of this atmospheric, if overly long and sometimes ponderous mystery set in 1899 from British author Appignanesi (Sanctuary), widowed professor of law James Norton leaves his Boston home for Paris, intending to untangle his journalist brother, Rafael, from Olympe Fabre, an actress. On arrival, he finds Paris battling over the aftermath of the Dreyfus case; his sister, Ellie, sinking into mysterious invalidism; and Olympe missing. Soon, Olympe turns up dead. With Raf under suspicion, James feels compelled to investigate. Several other women have died in similar circumstances; are the deaths suicides, crimes of passion, or displays of anti-Semitism? As he questions Olympe’s father, benefactress, and former admirers, James heals from his own losses, but not before uncovering secrets that change his family forever. Appignanesi’s knowledge of the politics and culture of the era shines. Scenes set in the Salpêtrière Hospital, where Olympe’s mentally ill sister is confined, are especially vivid. Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates (U.K.). (Jan.)
Globe & Mail
Lisa Appignanesi is a crime writer who does her cultural homework...[Paris Requiem] is egaging to lovers of both mysteries and the city itself.
Montreal Gazette
Sizzles with intrigue ad disturbing eroticism,...the serpentie plot twists are nothing short of brilliant.
Ottawa Citizen
[Appignanesi] paints this psychological tale in chilling lavish style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908129994
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 506
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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