A French Country Murder

A French Country Murder

Book - 2003
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When political intrigue drove Louis Morgon from a successful career at the State Department, he moved to a cottage in France, far from Washington and what he called "the sordid world." He took up painting. He grew vegetables and flowers. He ate long, lovely meals on the terrace overlooking fields of sunflowers. He thought that he had found happiness.

Then one day Louis's past lands squarely on his doorstep. It does so in the shape of a dead man. His throat has been slit. He wears a cap with liberte embroidered on it. Except for the local cop, Jean Renard, the police are strangely uninterested. This seems peculiar to Renard, but not to Louis. He knows who the murderer is. He also knows that he is likely to be the next victim. And there is very little he or Renard or anyone else can do. Each clue they find raises more questions than it answers. Nothing is as it appears.

Louis's best hope is to turn the tables on his murderer. Instead of knowledge, he has only his intuition and his intelligence. Instead of power or influence, he has only his own past. Louis finds himself on a lonely and dangerous journey of self-discovery. He thought he was beyond surprises. But every turn of the road reveals new mysteries, and the resolution is a shock.

A French Country Murder is a story of political intrigue, corruption and jealousy. It is also a story of love and friendship and, of course, France.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780312306878
Branch Call Number: MY STEI
Characteristics: 246 p


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Apr 25, 2011

More than a political thriller, more than murder mystery. Protagonist Louis Morgon ha been living in a French village (not in Provence, for a nice change) for about 15 years, since his sudden & inexplicable fall from grace in Washington, DC, where he had been one of the 'chosen few'. He is estranged from everyone in his own life & leads an idyllic existence for a 60-something villager. One morning he finds a corpse has been dumped on his doorstep, and with it comes his whole past, dumped on his doorstep & no longer in the past. Great character study, shows you can never really leave the past behind. Highly recommend it.

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