Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, by Philippe Georget. Published 2013 by Europa Editions.
Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored
is the perfect mystery beach read with what might be the best title
ever. It evokes sun, ennui and long days filled with both. (The original
French title is L'été, tous les chats s'ennuient) Set in the
Mediterranean resort town of Perpignan, the story concerns a series of
murders and kidnappings in which the victims are mostly young Dutch
women on vacation. First, a retiree finds a dead woman on the beach.
Then, Gilles Sebag and Jacques Molina are brought in to investigate the
disappearance of a Spanish cab driver which quickly becomes tied to the
kidnapping of a second woman, and then we're off to the races.
I have to say, I loved this book. I did not want to put it down. Unburdened
by anything resembling important social issues, it's just a good
old fashioned thriller with a delicious sense of place and setting.
Sebag is a happily married man with kids, an anomaly among
detective-novel detectives, and his thing is he loves his coffee, so we
are treated to some very descriptive scenes of him enjoying (or not) his
java. And the whole thing just feels sun-drenched and beautiful despite the horror beneath. I
could see All the Cats being made into a really great art-house whodunit on the big screen. Even though I know who did it, I would totally go see it.
this one gets a big thumbs-up from me for crime fans. It's satisfying,
enjoyable and riveting; Georget alternates the perspectives so we hear
from the detectives, the kidnapping victim, and the kidnapper in turn,
and he builds some wrenching suspense along the way. The case makes
Sebag a little crazy; he starts imagining that his beautiful wife is
unfaithful, and this plot adds some urgency and creepiness that I
thought worked well. All in all I think this is a great fun book!
This is my 13th book of 2013 for this year's Europa Challenge.
FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review.