Lionel Destremau

Gueules d’ombre

Shadow Heads

April 7, 2022
Detective Fiction
432 pages
20,90 €
9782358878456
978-2-3588-7845-6
																Lionel Destremau, Gueules d’ombre
																Lionel Destremau, Gueules d’ombre

In Carena, the investigator Siriem Plant finds himself requisitioned by the Ministry for a case of the utmost importance. A certain Carlus Turnay, a soldier, is plunged into a coma and it is impossible to identify the family of the young man. Turnay, it appears, is an assumed name... In the absence of a proven identity, families are jostling to recognize their own missing relatives in this unknown soldier. All this could end up degenerating. Siriem Plant must therefore, and quickly, search the country for the mysterious man. There are no survivors left from his battalion. But the widows, mothers, sisters and friends remain. Maybe they know something. From woman to woman, while all of them seem to have secrets to hide, it will be necessary to reconstitute the puzzle piece by piece and lift the veil on the enigmatic Carlus Turnay.

In his first novel, in which an unusual investigation is carried out amongst the rubble of a fictitious country, Lionel Destremau imposes a unique literary universe.

L’auteur

Born in 1970, Lionel Destremau lives in Bordeaux. After having worked as an editor for fifteen years, he is now at the head of “Lire en poche”, a famous French book fair. He has written books of poetry from 2002 to 2008. He has been collaborating as a literary critic for several years with the magazine Le Matricule des anges. Gueules d’ombre is his first novel.

Strong points

A story that uses the codes of the investigation novel with originality and personality.

Masterful prose with a great poetic quality.

An atmosphere out of the ordinary between Delicatessen, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Philippe Claudel’s Grey Souls.

April 7, 2022
Detective Fiction
432 pages
20,90 €
9782358878456
978-2-3588-7845-6