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. Because, it seems, Turnay is an assumed name... In the absence of a proven identity, the families are jostling to recognize in this unknown soldier their own missing person. All this could end up degenerating. Siriem Plant must therefore, and quickly, survey the country in search of the mysterious man. From his battalion, there are no survivors left. But the widows, mothers, sisters and friends are still there. Maybe they know something. From woman to woman, while all of them seem to have secrets to hide, it will be necessary to reconstitute little by little the puzzle and to lift the veil on the enigmatic Carlus Turnay.

In this unusual investigation carried out in the rubble of a fictitious country, Lionel Destremau imposes, from this first novel, his unique literary universe.

The author

Born in 1970, Lionel Destremau lives in Bordeaux. After having worked as an editor for fifteen years, he directs “Lire en poche”, a book fair dedicated to paperback books in Gradignan. Between 2002 and 2008, he published books of poetry with Tarabuste and L’Amourier as well as a story with Rouergue. 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 novel that uses the codes of the investigation novel with originality and personality.

A mastered prose with a great poetic quality.

A real novelistic breath, 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