suspense, and marital woes combine in this atmospheric procedural set in the
seemingly quiet Mediterranean town of Perpignan.
winter is going to be a rough one for Inspector Gilles Sebag, for he has
discovered a terrible truth: Claire has been cheating on him. Bouncing between
depression, whisky, and insomnia, he buries himself in work in an attempt to
his investigations lead him inexorably to bigger tragedies—a woman murdered in
a hotel, a depressed man who throws himself from the roof of his building,
another who threatens to blow up the neighborhood—all of them involving
betrayals of some sort. Perpignan seems to be suffering from a veritable
epidemic of crimes of passion. Adultery is everywhere! And each betrayal leads
to another dramatic crime.
Sebag has an uncanny ability to slip into the skin of his
suspects and solve apparently unsolvable crimes. Though professionally charmed,
he is unlucky in love. He is a perfect protagonist for the town of Perpignan,
sleepy and leisurely on the surface, seething with vice and violence
Crimes of Winter (Police
“Topnotch writing, Interesting
Plot, And Real Characters.”
It’s the Christmas
holiday, and Inspector Gilles Sebag has just found proof that his wife has had
a four-month affair, and he’s trying to deal with the crises at home. However,
it appears that there is an epidemic of adultery in Perpignan. And there is something curious about several of the cases that have resulted in deaths.
Someone is sending photographs to husbands showing their wives’ infidelity. Is
this person responsible for the deaths, and why?
We follow Inspector
Sebag as he struggles with his own marital problems, and facing family-crises
that could ruin his marriage. He begins to drink more, and his mind isn’t on
the official case as close as it should be, so clues elude him until he comes
to grips with his personal situation. Only then can he run the person down
behind the deadly string of violence.
This was another
interesting case involving the French police inspector on the Mediterranean
shore between France and Spain. A splendid follow-up to his premier novel, Summertime, And All The Cats Are Bored.
It shows the teamwork of his team, as they investigate this strange case while
dealing with their own lives and problems. There were times I couldn’t keep up
with the characters, but I blame this on the foreign (to me) names, not to any
fault with the author or writing. The writing was certainly topnotch, and the
plot interesting, while the characters were real. Highly recommended.
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