Crossing the Line (Paris Homicide)
by Frédérique Molay
I enjoyed Crossing the Line. It’s an English translation of a French mystery published in 2011. The translator did a very good job. Everything flows nice and smoothly. It doesn’t read like a translation, but it still has the feel of a French book. The description of life in Paris is very authentic, and it makes you want to visit and experience the streets, shops, sights, and everyday events.
The story also flows very smoothly. It starts with a message found buried inside an intentionally badly filled molar. This is discovered by dental students learning surgery. They were working on a head from a body that was recently donated to science. The body was an apparent suicide, but the message said “I was murdered”. Nico Sirsky and his team of detectives start with this puzzle and slowly follow a trail of evidence, information from interviews, and other clues. They discover murders that were ruled accidents and suicides. The closer they get, the more bodies they find. Everything is very logical and reasonable. There are plot twists and surprises, but nothing feels implausible.
The characters are interesting and believable. Ms. Molay is building a base of appealing characters. As this series continues, I expect that she will fill them out even more. Chief of Police, Nico Sirsky, is a multifaceted person. He is an injured policeman trying to return to his job, a divorced father with a son living with him, and a man who is in love with a woman. He has to combine his work and home-life. and keep everything moving forward.
I give Crossing the Line 4 Stars out of and a Thumbs Up. If you would like a glimpse of Parisian life, combined with a good, logical police procedural, this is the book for you. Everything works, nice and smooth.
I received this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher, Le French Book, in return for an honest review.
It’s Christmas in Paris. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky returns to work after recovering from a gunshot wound. He’s in love and rearing to go. His first day back has him overseeing a jewel heist sting and taking on an odd investigation. Dental students discovered a message in the tooth of a severed head. Is it a sick joke? Sirsky and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide, to an apparent accident, to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking down. Just how far can despair push a man? How clear is the line between good and evil? More suspense and mystery with the Paris Homicide team from the prizewinning author Frédérique Molay, the “French Michael Connelly.” This is the second in the prize-winning Paris Homicide series.
Series: Paris Homicide (Book 2)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Le French Book (September 23, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
About the Author
Writing has always been a passion for Frédérique Molay, author of the international bestseller The 7th Woman. She graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po and began her career in politics and the French administration. She worked as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire. Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven. After The 7th Woman took France by storm, Frédérique Molay dedicated her life to writing and raising her three children. She has five books to her name, with three in the Chief Inspector Nico Sirsky series.
About the translator
The translator, Anne Trager has lived in France for over 26 years, working in translation, publishing and communications. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction.
The Book Description and Details are from Amazon. Crossing the Line