"Dark enough to sink the hook deep into fans of noir."Publishers Weekly
Just before Christmas in Versailles. Olivier has come to bury his mother, but the impending holidays and icy conditions have delayed the funeral.
While trapped in limbo at his mother's flat, a chance encounter brings Olivier back in touch with childhood friend Jeanne and her blind brother, Rodolphe.
Rodolphe suggests they have dinner together, along with a homeless man he's taken in. As the wine flows, dark secrets are spilled, and there's more than just hangovers to deal with the next morning . . .
‘A most wonderfully wry noir murder mystery you'll not soon forgot. It's the sleeper of the year.’ - Durango Herald
‘Garnier’s sly, cynical take on life after retirement will strike a chord with readers of every age.’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Ultimately a very dark novel, but a very impressive one…' - The Complete Review
‘ … dark enough to sink the hook deep into fans of noir.’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Pascal Garnier produces a story of infinite grace -- a compact piece filled with quirky imagery, plot and characters.’ - Iloveamysterynewsletter.com
‘Garnier’s take on the frailty of life has a bracing originality.’ – Sunday Times
‘Bleak, often funny, and never predictable’ – Guardian
'A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony, it makes you grin as well as wince.' The Sunday Telegraph
'For those with a taste for Georges Simenon or Patricia Highsmith, Garnier's recently translated oeuvre will strike a chord … While this is an undeniably steely work, his translator Melanie Florence does justice to the author's occasional outbreaks of dark humour that suddenly pierce through the clouds of encroaching existential gloom.' The Independent
'This is tough, bloody stuff, but put together with a cunning intelligence.' The Sunday Times