An enjoyable, punchy and funny novel with a unique charm, like a great adventure you never want to end, fitting, for the first volume of a trilogy.
In the imaginary town of Myriad Pro, not far from Miami, a serial killer is on the loose. Several college students are found strangled, with a crown tattooed on their bodies. Inspector Rivage leads the investigation, supported by his assistant, Copperfield, and his eternal notebook.
At the same time, on a computer forum, teenagers are tracking down clues related to the murders. A Mafia henchman has misplaced a corpse, NASA sends a dog to Mars, which returns much too soon, a secret society seeks to awaken an evil force buried in the depths of the city. Seizing brilliantly on the markers of a whole generation—from suburban life to manga—Quentin Leclerc picks up all our present in a funny, delirious and incredibly mastered novel.
Rivage au rapport is also a story contaminated by our contemporary, in the sense that all the cultural archetypes that surround us and the codes of the different media intermingle to resonate together and form something new. Quentin Leclerc takes this material (the speedruns of video games, the discussions on forums—rendered with incredible accuracy—, the pedophile networks of the dark web, street golf, etc.), and manages to write at the level of his object, that is to say, to take hold of a writing, which manages to seem both extremely familiar and to be new.