Murder in Memoriam Paperback
Didier Daeninckx?s chilling novel created uproar when it was first published in France in 1984.
It is set against the backdrop of a demonstration in Paris in 1961, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Algerians at the hands of the police. In Daeninckx?s story, Roger Thiraud, a young history teacher, is also mysteriously killed during this demonstration.
Twenty years later, Bernard, his son, is murdered in Toulouse while on holiday with his girlfriend.
To find the connection between the murders, Daeninckx?s hero Inspector Cadin must delve into the secret history and devastating compromises of wartime politics.
Murder in Memoriam is a tense and unsettling indictment of France?s hidden past.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/08/2005
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781852427955
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Review by Eyejaybee
An interesting idea, though the prose seemed very stilted (I don't know whether this is merely a reflection on the translation or derives directly from the original French).The novel concerns the investigation into the death of of a young aspiring academic who has been conducting a private research project. The police investigation uncovers the fact that the murdered man's father had himself been murdered during a riot in Paris in 1961 when passions about Algerian independence were at their peak. Surely this cannot be mere coincidence!The investigation delves deeply into allegations of police brutality and bigotry, and the plot is tightly drawn. Sadly, though, the prose is often impenetrable and it was with a great feeling of relief that i finally reached the end..