A breathless criminal investigation against the bloody canvas of the French Revolution
The Paris Commune's "bloody week" sees the climax of the savagery of the clashes between the Communards and the French Armed Forces loyal to Versailles. Amid the shrapnel and the chaos, while the entire west side of Paris is a field of ruins, a photographer fascinated by the suffering of young women takes "suggestive" photos to sell to a particular clientele. Young women begin disappearing, and when Caroline, a seamstress who volunteers at a first aid station, is counted among the missing, her fiance Nicolas, a member of the Commune's National Guard, and Communal security officer Antoine, sets off independently in search of her. Their race against the clock to find her takes them through the shell-shocked streets of Paris, and introduces them to a cast of fascinating characters.
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 210 x 135 mm
"Le Corre is an aquafortist. From beginning to end of this dazzling novel, he deepens the shadows in his Paris of soot and night. Here and there, touches of colour: the bloody red of the Communards' flag, the incandescence of a fire, the flame of a hurricane lamp. Glimmers of hope flicker and don't go out." * Le Monde *
"In a perfectly constructed historical frame, supported by breathless intrigue, Herve Le Corre offers up a fascinating red-and-black novel. To be read passionately!" * aVoir-aLire *
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