The Cemetery of Swallows

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One day, Manuel Gemoni travels to the other end of the world to kill an old man in the Dominican Republic. When questioned by police, Manuel can only explain his bizarre actions by saying, “I killed him because he had killed me.” Unable to comprehend why an ordinary family man with no history of violent behavior would go to such lengths to kill a man he didn’t even know, Police Commissioner Amédée Mallock decides to investigate. In order to save Manuel from death, the misanthropic Mallock must immerse himself in ...

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Overview

One day, Manuel Gemoni travels to the other end of the world to kill an old man in the Dominican Republic. When questioned by police, Manuel can only explain his bizarre actions by saying, “I killed him because he had killed me.” Unable to comprehend why an ordinary family man with no history of violent behavior would go to such lengths to kill a man he didn’t even know, Police Commissioner Amédée Mallock decides to investigate. In order to save Manuel from death, the misanthropic Mallock must immerse himself in the harsh tropical jungles of the Dominican Republic and the snow-covered streets of Paris.

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Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
French author Mallock (the pseudonym of Jean-Denis Bruet-Ferreol) makes his U.S. debut with a provocative novel that explores such disparate topics as international criminal law, black magic, and personal loyalty. Supt. Amedee Mallock, of the Parisian police force, travels to the Dominican Republic, in order to extradite a French national, Manuel Gemoni, who recently shot dead elderly Tobias Darbier in a square outside a Dominican cigar factory. Mallock learns that Darbier was "the most hated man on the island," a tyrant who had survived more than 30 assassination attempts in the past seven years. Since Manuel happens to be the brother of Paris police captain Julie Gemoni, who reports to Mallock, the superintendent must be careful to not only do his civic duty but also uncover any clues or mitigating circumstances that "would keep Manuel from being given the maximum sentence." Readers will enjoy the rich colonial history and cross-cultural commentary as the motive for Manuel's execution of Darbier gradually emerges. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609451868
  • Publisher: Europa
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,426,673
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Denis Bruet-Ferreol, who writes under the pseudonym Mallock, was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1951. He is not only an author, but also a painter, photographer, designer, inventor, artistic director, and composer. Since 2000, he has dedicated himself to digital painting and crime novels.

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