Death in Bordeaux PDF ☆ Death in MOBI :Ú

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Death in Bordeaux ✻ [EPUB] ✰ Death in Bordeaux By Allan Massie ❅ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In the spring of , 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 o In the spring of , 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 Death in MOBI :Ú 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 ensuesAs 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 betweenand , and the reasons why it has taken the French people so long to emerge from the shadow of war.


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  1. Richard Derus Richard Derus 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 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 My Review What exactly is this book supposed to be Is it a murder mystery Is it a novel of Fallen France I ve read it now, and I don t really know I suspect Massie doesn t either, and therein my issue with the book I don t think it s right to market as a mystery a novel in which the mystery isn t mysterious I don t think it s right to market a novel of the fall of France in the framework of a mystery unless you deliver on your promise.So after close to 300pp in the company of Jean Lannes of the Police Justiciare, his friends Henri and Gaston, et alii, I am left with one certainty Not one of these characters has donethan form wispily before my mind s eye Marguerite, Jean s wife and mother of his three kids, is as wet as a tear sodden hankie She cries and glooms her way through the novel, almost driving Jean into adultery, and the funny thing is that I was wishing to goodness that he d go on and do it Poor bastard has awful, Babbitty superiors, collaborators one and all men under him who need to be doingthan they re allowed to in the story victims galore of one sociopathic, Nietzsche spouting slimebucket If anyone needs a good roll in the hay, it s this guy.And then there s the writing He felt ashamed Uhhhmmmthat is the classic example of telling, not showing, and it s repeated ad nauseam with reference to Jean Similar bald statements are made of other characters inner lives The descriptions of meals are simply lists of dishes it s a little bit like reading pieces of the index to Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It was good, reports the writer Andrea Camilleri has no need to look over his shoulder for fear Montalbano s reign as sleuth gourmand is challenged.So why give the book, which was so evidently only modestly satisfactory, three stars Because the situation, the Fall of France, is intriguing, and the author s choice to explore it through the lens of police work and public order, however mediocrely executed, is very interesting I won t say you should seek it out and gobble it down, but should it present itself to you in some free way, and if you re interested in WWII France, it won t bore you to sleep.A note on the book itself I read the British publisher Quarto s edition I know the English have a bizarrely proprietary attitude towards our American tongue, and even think of themselves as privileged to punctuate the language in odd and un American ways with impunity This is obviously complete bosh, so we needn t discuss it but the copyeditor of this book needs a swift kick The number of places there are no close quotes quite boggled my mind The oddest thing, though, is the prevalence of this Henry, he said, There EEEEEEEEEE Horrible Of course, for my example, I have used the self evidently superior American system of double quotes, unlike the silly Quarto people The capital letter beginning the rest of the sentence alone would cause me pain, but the misplaced quotation marks Oooh owwww


  2. Ian Ian 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 government The novel is rife with French anti Semitism and the attitude of virtually all the characters including Lannes towards homosexuality is appalling by today s standards, but utterly credible Lannes has to investigate with no clear hope of success due to the political contacts of his suspects that make his task difficult enough pre invasion, but totally tie his hands once the Germans conquer France, as everyone feels eventhreatened and has to go into personal survival mode Lannes and his team just keep going however and at great personal risk they gently tease out the connections and answers My one caveat within this praise and the reason I only gave 3 stars rather than 4, is that this trilogy should only be read as such this first one ends abruptly with a rather unsatisfying clunk, with perhaps the central mystery still unresolved I felt a bit cheated at the end and though it may well work as a marketing device to get me to buy parts 2 and 3, I much prefer my series, even one as short as a three parter, to be full of lots of ongoing strands that can be taken forward and further developed but notwithstanding that can also be read as satisfying stand alone novels


  3. Gerald Sinstadt Gerald Sinstadt 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 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 Lannes tries to pursue his duties as a policeman, he has to wrestle with matters of conscience his eldest son is a prisoner of war, the younger twins are unsure how to react to the seemingly normal Germans they encounter.The story s intertwined themes inevitably impose a leisurely pace which may not suit readers looking for a straightforward crime yarn But Massie is dealing in moral issues that need the space.One s admiration is tempered by a very poorly prepared Kindle version which consistently, and confusingly, fails to indicate passage breaks and transitions Massie loses a star for that and can feel badly served by


  4. Jack Deighton Jack Deighton says:

    Part One Bordeaux, Spring 1940 A body is discovered and Superintendent Jean Lannes is called to investigate He is acquainted with the deceased, Gaston Chambolley, whose penis has been cut off and placed in his mouth as if this were a crime committed because of Chambolley s homosexuality The body has been moved, though, and Lannes soon supects the motive was political rather than due to prejudice, disgust, or a sexual encounter gone wrong Chambolley had been looking into the death of his bro Part One Bordeaux, Spring 1940 A body is discovered and Superintendent Jean Lannes is called to investigate He is acquainted with the deceased, Gaston Chambolley, whose penis has been cut off and placed in his mouth as if this were a crime committed because of Chambolley s homosexuality The body has been moved, though, and Lannes soon supects the motive was political rather than due to prejudice, disgust, or a sexual encounter gone wrong Chambolley had been looking into the death of his brother Henri s wife Pilar, a Spaniard active in the Republican movement The times hang over proceedings like a pall Bordeaux s mayor is a fascist and the city rife with prejudice against Spanish refugees, Reds and Jews For the first half of the novel the Phoney War pervades the background, a threat merely delayed Lannes s son Dominique is in the army manning the Maginot line and his wife, Marguerite, sick with worry Lannes s brother in law, high up in local government, spouts the ruling party line The supervising magistrate is keen to shut the inquiry down but Lannes and his colleagues do not like unsolved cases.When Lannes is sent to the Comte de Grimaud who requests him to track down the source of poison pen letters about the Comte s fourth wife, Miriam, he has been receiving, the murder case takes on a twist Chambolley was an associate of the Comte s grandson, Maurice, who seeks out Lannes to tell him he witnessed the possible murderers entering the ground floor of Chambolley s apartment block the night he was killed Further complications ensue when one of Chambolley s contacts with the Spanish, Javier Cortazar, is also found murdered, again mutilated This seems to lead only to another dead end, though.The Comte s heir, Edmond, another with fascist leanings but national government contacts continually warns Lannes off disturbing the family even after the Comte is found dead after a fall down the stairs The de Grimaud housekeeper in the long ago another of the Comte s many sexual conquests, one of whom may even have been his own daughter, and the Comte the father of her illegitimate child suspects that child, known variously as Marcel or Sigi to be the perpetrator On leaving a restaurant where he had been meeting Edmond, Lannes gets shot and it is possible that Edmond may have engineered this.In Part Two the chapters do not have the date headings that Part One s did, but we are several months down the line, Lannes is back on duty, his wounded son is in a POW camp and Bordeaux under German occupation The justiciaire, however, will be left to its own sphere except in so far as crime is political and impinges on Germans or the occupation Lannes s other children, Clothilde and Alain, do not quite know how to interact with the German soldier billeted in the flat above theirs, but Marguerite now has to worry whether Alain will be drawn into something foolish Under the occasional disapproval of his new boss, an Alsatian called Schnyder who privately laments to Lannes that many of his young countrymen will now be drafted into the Wehrmacht, and of the supervising magistrate, Lannes still plugs away at the Chambolley Cortazar case A trip to Vichy, that deluded spa town, to interview Edmond confirms his powerlessness in the face of the new order.Massie is a Scot but when out of the blue one character uses the Scots word blethers, it seemed a little odd in the mouth of a Frenchwoman Then again, why not The novel wasn t written in French Considering Massie s previous work it seems something of a diversion for Massie to take on the crime novel as a form, though he has previously interrogated the French experience during the Second World War.If it is the duty of the detective story to set the world to rights this one fails in that regard, at least in this volume By its end things are worse than at the start, with the Germans in charge and little place for honest policemen, unless they can keep their heads well down, and the lives of the general populace circumscribed and compromised.It is only the first in a quartet though The other three are on my shelves


  5. Toni Toni says:

    Well, it took multiple starts on this book, but I finally finished it Part of the problem was the poor publication values I have never seen a book in regular publication that was produced so poorly It s like a vanity publication in that way This is a pretty well written detective story set in France at the beginning of WW2 The story is a bit too complex, and of course the detective is mostly a saint All in all it provides an educational window into the early Vichy time and what it was like Well, it took multiple starts on this book, but I finally finished it Part of the problem was the poor publication values I have never seen a book in regular publication that was produced so poorly It s like a vanity publication in that way This is a pretty well written detective story set in France at the beginning of WW2 The story is a bit too complex, and of course the detective is mostly a saint All in all it provides an educational window into the early Vichy time and what it was like to be occupied This is the first of 4 related novels I assume it gets evendark


  6. Wilbur1 Wilbur1 says:

    C 19 lockdown reading Really enjoyed this well written detective genre novel, the first part of a trilogy My only two reservations were a that the characterisations of some of the characters were not strong enough to make it easy to follow b the end was a set up for the second novel in the trilogy, and compromised on the effectiveness of the first I will probably follow up with the next novel later in the year.


  7. Robert Hinder Robert Hinder says:

    Slow PacedAlthough the plot was interesting and had many sub plots I felt the book was slow paced throughout and it took me a while to finish because it did not maintain my interest.


  8. Johanne Johanne says:

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


  9. Sharron Sharron 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.


  10. Snorki Snorki 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 war, whatever that means, and then with being occupied This brings particularly challenges for the police who now have a responsibility to keep the Germans involved on particular matters It is definitely an interesting setting, and a step up from the average detective novel


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