The roman policier, or detective novel, has long been popular in France, but few works by French authors have received much attention in other countries. Jean-Christophe Grange's Blood-Red Rivers enjoyed considerable success in France (film rights have already been sold), and has arrived to test American waters.
When a mutilated corpse is discovered wedged in an isolated crevice on a rock face outside Guernon, a university town in the French Alps, Pierre Niémans--a brilliant Parisian detective given to uncontrollable fits of violence--arrives to investigate. Eager to escape the cloud of an official inquiry into his behavior (beating a hooligan so violently that the man is in a coma), Niémans swaggers into the tiny town, torn between outrage at being exiled and determination to prove himself to the superiors he detests. The body hints at a long history of animosity between the university and the townspeople; when another body is found frozen in a glacier, Niémans' investigation becomes linked to that of another maverick policeman, Karim Abdouf, who has a chip on his shoulder even bigger than Niémans's. Abdouf is attempting to discover why a child's tomb has been desecrated, and why all official traces of that child's existence have disappeared. When he discovers that the child's mysterious, beautiful mother comes from Guernon, Abdouf realizes that the antagonism between town and gown is not a matter of philosophy, but of life and death.
Blood-Red Rivers possesses the seeds of an interesting concept, but its promise is overwhelmed by a plot that lurches from one absurdity to another, clumsy characterization, a tedious reliance on clichéd dialogue, and a too-literal translation. It was touted by a review in Le Figaro as "the best thriller since Silence of the Lambs," but there's no comparison between Grange's novel and Thomas Harris's skilled plotting, concise language, and disturbingly sympathetic portrait of a madman. Given the number of truly talented French mystery and thriller authors, one hopes that more promising works will soon be sent across the Atlantic. --Kelly Flynn
From Publishers Weekly
A trigger-happy police superintendent from Paris and a dreadlocked maverick Arab policeman from a small French town are unlikely partners in this intricate thriller by French journalist Grang?. First separately, then together, Pierre Ni?mans and Karim Abdouf investigate a mind-boggling case involving suspected ritual killings, mistaken identities and long-held grudges in the French Alps. After Ni?mans nearly kills a machete-wielding rioter during a street mel?e, he is sent to the prosperous university town of Guernon to investigate the murder of a 25-year-old university librarian, who has been tortured, strangled and wedged up in the rock face of a towering glacier in the Alps. Interviews with the victim's beautiful bitchy wife and the young rock-climbing ice queen professor who found the body captivate Ni?mans, but another young man is discovered killed and tortured before the veteran detective is able to make much progress on the case. Meanwhile, Abdouf is pursuing his own investigation into the desecration of a mysterious child's grave in a nearby depressed small town. Fifteen years after the boy was buried, Abdouf finds himself searching for clues to his true identity and picks up a thread that leads him to Guernon and Ni?mans. Dozens of falsified files from the maternity ward at the university hospital, an old story of a woman who believed she and her daughter were being pursued by demons, and the gradually emerging outline of a killer's remorseless drive for revenge finally guide Ni?mans and Abdouf to a terrifying, climactic scene at river's edge. This brainteaser will have readers tied up in knots long before Grang?'s Gallic version of the Odd Couple join forces in the last quarter of the book. Though the denouement, in which a decades-old megalomaniacal scheme is revealed, strains credibility, Grang?'s fully developed charactersAparticularly second-generation French-Arab AbdoufAkeep the tale firmly anchored in reality. (Aug.)
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?The best thriller since The Silence of the Lambs.? -- Figaro
?A gripping story and racy narrative.? -- Sunday Telegraph
?An enthralling read.? -- New Statesman
?Absolutely riveting?packed with tense, violent action.? -- The Times
In a world of knife-edge glaciers, a hideous crime leads two maverick detectives to confront the limits of human evil.
A corpse is discovered wedged in an isolated crevice. It has been horribly mutilated. The brilliant but violent ex-commando Pierre Niémans is sent from Paris to the French Alps to lead the investigation. Meanwhile, in a town in south-west France, Karim Abdouf, a young Arab policeman, is trying to find out why the tomb of a young child has been desecrated. When a second baby is found, high up in a glacier, the paths of the two policemen are joined in the search for their killers, a trail that embroils them in the mysterious cult of the Blood-Red Rivers.
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長篇偵探小說長久以來在法國很受歡迎 但是法國作家們只有很少的作品有受到國外的矚目 Jean-Christophe Grange的血紅之河在法國享有盛名(電影著作權已經賣出)並將用來測試美國人們的胃口
當一個被五馬分屍的屍體被發現在Guernon之外塞在一個孤立岩石的縫裡面 阿爾卑斯山脈附近(??)的一個大學城 Pierre Niémans 一個聰穎的法裔偵探given to uncontrollable fits of violence(不會...)來調查 想要逃離公家對他的調查(很暴力地把一個小流氓打到昏迷)Niémans 大搖大擺的走進這小城裡 因為之前所做的壞事而傷心流亡並決定以他優越的推理能力來證明他自己 屍體暗示了關於這個大學和城裡居民的強烈憎恨的一段久遠歷史 當另一個屍體被發現冰凍在冰河裡 Niémans'的調查開始連結到另一個maverick警察 Karim Abdouf 有著比他更慘的際遇 Abdouf正努力想調查為一個小孩的墓地遭到受到破壞 還有為什麼在公家機關的紀錄中 那個小孩的檔案紀錄消失了 當他發覺到這小孩身上的迷團 他漂亮的媽媽來到了Guernon Abdouf發覺道城鎮和和大學間的敵對關係不只是觀點上而已 而是性命上的交鋒 血紅之河具有這樣有趣的概念 但它壓倒性的優點是在於其中的陰謀相互矛盾地一個一個暗中進行+不得體的角色+枯燥的clichéd對話 還有文鄒鄒的翻譯 被Le Figaro以"在Silence of the Lambs之後最棒的驚悚小說"的說法販賣 但在Grange的小說和Thomas技巧性的情節策劃間並沒有明確的比較 簡潔的言語和一個多愁善感的瘋男人(????)的肖像 顯現了法國作家們在創作迷團和驚悚的真天份 希望會有更多的好作品能越過大西洋而來(指傳到美國吧...)Kelly Flynn
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