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By a Slow River

by Phillipe Claudel

By a Slow River
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    Jun 2006, 208 pages
    Jun 2007, 208 pages

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Psychologically complex, elegantly written and tightly plotted, this is far from your average policier.

From the book jacket: As the First World War rages on, the daily life of a small town near the front is hardly disturbed by the report of artillery fire and the parade of wounded in its streets. But within the space of a year, this illusion of ordinary days is shattered by the deaths of three innocents—a charming schoolmistress from "the north," who captured every male heart only to take her own life without apparent reason; an angelic eight-year-old girl, who is strangled, her body abandoned by the canal; and the cherished wife of the local policeman, who dies in labor while her husband is hunting the little girl's murderer.

Twenty years on, the ...

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