In The Spring Of , The Mutilated Body Of A Homosexual Is Discovered In A Street Near The Bordeaux Railway Station It Looks Like A Straight Forward Sex Crime, But When Superintendent Lannes Is Warned Off The Investigation, His Suspicion That There Is A Political Motive For The Murder Seems Justified In Defiance Of Authority, He Continues Working On The Case And Then Another Body Is FoundMeanwhile, The Superintendent Has Other Troubles His Eldest Son, Dominique, Is At The Front, His Wife, Marguerite, Is Depressed, And When The Battle Of France Breaks Out, Bordeaux Is Filled With Refugees Fleeing The War Suddenly Civilian Crime Seems Of Little Importance Compared To The Chaos That EnsuesAs Bordeaux Becomes An Occupied City, Lannes Chief Suspect Is Untouchable, Protected By A Relative In The Vichy Government Lannes Himself Is Threatened With Blackmail On Account Of His Jewish Friends And Dominique Is Taken Prisoner Common Sense Should Make Lannes Abandon The Investigation, But Honour And A Natural Obstinacy Lead Him To Pursue It However, As Events Turn Increasingly Bleak, Lannes Begins To Doubt It Can Ever Be Solved Death In Bordeaux Is The First In A Trilogy Which Will Take Lannes Through The War And Up To The Grisly, But Inevitable Purge Of Those Found Guilty Of German Collaboration However, Death In Bordeaux Is Also A Novel That Explores The Moral Complexity Of France S Time Of Trial, The Horrors Which Afflicted France Between And , And The Reasons Why It Has Taken The French People So Long To Emerge From The Shadow Of War
Allan Massie is a Scottish journalist, sports writer and novelist Massie is one of Scotland s most prolific and well known journalists, writing regular columns for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times Scotland and the Scottish Daily Mail He is also the author of nearly 30 books, including 20 novels He is notable for writing about the distant past.
- 286 pages
- Death in Bordeaux
- Allan Massie
- 08 July 2018 Allan Massie