Dark Summer in Bordeaux, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


With his son's safe return, Superintendent Lannes and his wife can, at last, have some joy amid the grim reality of Vichy France.

Not that the unexplained murders seem to have stopped. Allan Massie's second volume in his trilogy continues the story of dogged detection in a world seemingly gone mad.

His first volume, Death in Bordeaux, was reprinted three times and garlanded with praise by reviewers.




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It's good to read a proper novel for a change - and Massie evokes Vichy France of 1941 so vividly that this is a (melancholy) joy to read. The murder is largely irrelevant, although it lends the story a certain structure; the main business, though, concerns the blackmail of a German officer and the awakenings in various ways of various of the younger generation of characters. The book ends with a sort of cliffhanger - and I was compelled to crack open the sequel (Cold Winter ...) immediately.

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