Summertime All the Cats are Bored, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781609451219



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It's not often you read a detective book where the detectives are spending all their time trying NOT to work, looking for relaxation, really not driven at all. Usually the detective is hard-bitten with a past that drives him or her to exhaustion before they catch the bad guy...<br/>So Gilles Sebag, bored detective, family man, parent to teenagers who find him dull, is a surprising treat to read about. He's Catalan, in an unusual setting, Perpignan (on the French Mediterranean), and the environment around him is as much of a character as he and his colleagues are.<br/>So so far this all sounds like a slow, lolling book, filled with middle aged angst, but it isn't. The mystery develops quickly and despite himself and his doubts of adequacy, Sebag is pulled into a first rate thriller.<br/>I truly enjoyed this book, from the title to the last page. Every character is well-drawn, and though this is a translation, the slightly awkward phrasing makes the Catalan/French distance acute.<br/>Maybe it's because I'm over 50 and feeling my limitations, too, but every once and awhile I get sick of detectives who are all-knowing and street wise and the top of their fields and incapable of self-knowledge. Muscle men and women. They tire me out. Whereas Gilles Sebag and I could go into a pub and discuss the finer things in life and I'd love every minute.<br/>

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The setting of the novel is Perpignan, in the Catalan region of France, near the Spanish border, where the author himself now lives. It is the height of summer; many including Gilles Sebag's own family are on holiday, and tourists from the north are flooding into the district.Years of police work have left both Sebag and his partner Molino jaded and they have a reputation of being hard to motivate. Sebag does his best to work an "ordinary" working day but as his children and his wife leave for their summer holidays and he becomes an "empty-nester" he begins to think of nothing else but the cases he is working on: primarily the disappearance of a local taxi driver and his final passenger, a Dutch tourist.An engrossing read. Does the town now have a serial killer or are the three cases on the books all separate events?