Death in Bordeaux



In The Spring Of 1940, 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 Ensues.As 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 1940 And 1945, And The Reasons Why It Has Taken The French People So Long To Emerge From The Shadow Of War.Death in Bordeaux

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  • Paperback
  • 286 pages
  • Death in Bordeaux
  • Allan Massie
  • English
  • 08 July 2018
  • 0704371901

10 thoughts on “Death in Bordeaux

  1. says:

    Rating 3 of five The Book Description In the spring of 1940, 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 Rating 3 of five The Book Description In the spring of 1940, 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 ensues As Bordeaux becomes an occupied city, Lannes chief suspe...

  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this detective novel which is set in Bordeaux It begins in early 1940, during the several months when France had declared war due to the Nazi invasion of Poland but before Hitler had unleashed his blitzkrieg westwards The depiction of Superintendant Lannes a World War One veteran and the France of this period is excellently done The novel starts with the brutal murder of a gay man and there are several murders thereafter, but the novel always moves at a gentle pace and th I really enjoyed this detective novel which is set in Bordeaux It begins in early 1940, during the several months when France had declared war due to the Nazi invasion of Poland but before Hitler had unleashed his blitzkrieg westwards The depiction of Superintendant Lannes a World War One veteran and the France of this period is excellently done The novel starts with the brutal murder of a gay man and there are several murders thereafter, but the novel always moves at a gentle pace and that is no bad thing as the author in addition to carefully crafting a criminal investigation, is also able to draw out the personality traits of his main characters, as well as the political divisions in French society at that time that eventually led to the collaboration of the Vichy gov...

  3. says:

    Death in Bordeaux plays out in the spring of 1940 Superintendent Jean Lannes and two of his staff are confronted with a series of murders which may, or may not, be connected Their investigations are hindered by pressures applied from above by those with connections A fraught situation is complicated by Hitler s Germany as it moves through Europe and into France Petain negotiates what he claims to be an honourable deal The streets of Bordeaux come under the control of Nazi officers While Death in Bordeaux plays out in the spring of 1940 Superintendent Jean Lannes and two of his staff are confronted with a series of murders which may, or may not, be connected Their investigations are hindered by pressures applied from above by those ...

  4. says:

    Good interesting setting believable characters and generally a worthwhile addition to the massed ranks of detectives

  5. says:

    This story has an Alan Furst feel to it though it s aa crime novel than it is an espionage story Lots of atmosphere, France just before Germany invades, and lots of moral ambiguity.

  6. says:

    A police story set in Bordeaux at the start of the Second World War A body has been found but the main character, a regular and seemingly honest policeman, is being told by his superiors not to investigate further What makes this book interesting is the context firstly, the time and culture of France in 1940, and secondly, the impact of the war The French in Bordeaux have to come to terms with being at war, whatever that means, and then with being occupied This brings particularly challeng A police story set in Bordeaux at the start of the Second World War A body has been found but the main character, a regular and seemingly honest policeman, is being told by his superiors not to investigate further What makes this book interesting is the context firstly, the time and culture of France in 1940, and secondly, the impact of the war The French in Bordeaux have to come to terms with being at wa...

  7. says:

    Death In Bordeaux by Allen Massie is a historical mystery which takes place in France at the beginning of WWII The main character, police superintendent Lannes, investigates the murder of a long time friend The mystery involves people in high places, who are untouchable by the police The web of politics and justice becomesintertwined as Germany occupies France Superintendent Lannes continues to pursue the case until the final page of the novel The novel presents a look at the live Death In Bordeaux by Allen Massie is a historical mystery which takes place in France at the beginning of WWII The main character, police superintendent Lannes, investigates the murder of a long time friend The mystery involves people in high places, who are untouchable by the police The web of politics and justice becomesintertwined as Germany occupies France Superintendent Lannes continues to ...

  8. says:

    I have recently read all three books in this crime series set in Vichy France and eagerly anticipate the promised fourth final novel One little niggle would be the cliff hangery endings to each book but don t let that put you off because the writing and period atmosphere are truly first rate The books are crime novels butimportant than their mystery plots are th...

  9. says:

    My first thought on finishing Death In Bordeaux is wow, what a fantastic read for atmosphere and reality, but they do come at a price as it is a long, drawn out, inconclusive novel and I think many seasoned crime fiction readers, myself included, may find it a bit frustrating on the crime front.Jean Lannes is a superintendent in the Bordeaux police in 1940 when the Germans invade France During this troubled time he is trying to investigate the death of Gaston Chambolley, an old friend, whose bo My first thought on finishing Death In Bordeaux is wow, what a fantastic read for atmosphere and reality, but they do come at a price as it is a long, drawn out, inconclusive novel and I think many seasoned crime fiction readers, myself included, may find it a bit frustrating on the crime front.Jean Lannes is a superintendent in the Bordeaux police in 1940 when the Germans invade France During this troubled time he is trying to investigate the death of Gaston Chambolley, an old friend, whose body was found muti...

  10. says:

    When I review books, I always try to give both the pros and cons of the book I think that allows other readers to be aware of what they are about to read and it starts a great conversation with others This mystery novel was a lot of fun It starts out with a murder of a homosexual, leads you to the murder of the homosexual s brother s wife, and follows up with evenmurders As if Superintendent Lannes doesn t have his hands full, WWII breaks out and his son is put in a POW farm, his wife i When I review books, I always try to give both the pros and cons of the book I think that allows other readers to be aware of what they are about to read and it starts a great conversation with others This mystery novel was a lot of fun It starts out with a murder of a homosexual, leads you to the murder of the homosexual s brother s wife, and follows up with evenmurders As if Superintendent Lannes doesn t have his hands full, WWII breaks out and his son is put in a POW farm, his wife is extremely upset, and the French are now under the control of the Nazi regime I had a blast trying to see where the book was going to lead me next Detective Lannes and his team of rule breakers really intrigued me in the step by step process of illuminating important materials and witnesses throughout the novel I enjoyed the pace of the novel and how well the chapters were able to flow so delicately together The character development in the story was top notch although I...

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