The Moment Before Drowning (eBook)
de James Brydon
Sobre o livro
"After spending two years in Algeria with the French military, Jacques le Garrec, a Resistance hero and former detective, returns home in disgrace to a desolate snow-laden seacoast village in Brittany to await his own trial for a horrific incident that occurred during his time in Algeria...What seems a deceptive title becomes a metaphor for le Garrec's journey inThe Moment Before Drowning--a gripping, atmospheric, submersive novel that is deeply layered and delicately nuanced. I couldn't put this book down."
--Cara Black, author ofMurder in Saint-Germain
"From the Battle of Algiers, to the austere abutments of the Brittany coast, The Moment Before Drowning is a carefully weighted novel that strips the glamour from what people can do without ever simplifying the reasons why they do it. An engrossing and expansive tale."
--Luke McCallin, author ofThe Ashes of Berlin
"This book haunted me--the protagonist's moral conflict is so poignant, the writing is luminescent, and the postwar French and Algerian landscapes are immaculately drawn. Take a bit of Albert Camus, mix in some Nobel Prizewinning Patrick Modiano, add a dollop of French noir, and voilà, you have James Brydon'sThe Moment Before Drowning."
--Denise Hamilton, author ofDamage Control
December 1959: a furious anticolonial war rages in Algeria. Captain Jacques le Garrec, a former detective and French Resistance hero, returns to France in disgrace, traumatized after two years of working in the army intelligence services, and accused of a brutal crime.
As le Garrec awaits trial in the tiny Breton town where he grew up, he is asked to look into a disturbing and unsolved murder committed the previous winter. A local teenage girl was killed and her bizarrely mutilated body was left on display on the heathland in a way that no one could understand.
Le Garrec's investigations draw him into the dark past of the town, still haunted by memories of the German Occupation. As he tries to reconstruct the events of the girl's murder, the violence and guilt intertwine with his own recollections of Algeria and threaten to submerge him.