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Moment Before Drowning Hardcover – 2 August 2018
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- Publisher : Akashic Books (2 August 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1617756253
- ISBN-13 : 978-1617756252
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 2.29 x 21.34 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"From the Battle of Algiers, to the austere abutments of the Brittany coast, The Moment Before Drowning is a carefully weighted novel that strips the glamour from what people can do without ever simplifying the reasons why they do it. An engrossing and expansive tale."
--Luke McCallin, author of The Ashes of Berlin
"This book haunted me--the protagonist's moral conflict is so poignant, the writing is luminescent, and the postwar French and Algerian landscapes are immaculately drawn. Take a bit of Albert Camus, mix in some Nobel Prize-winning Patrick Modiano, add a dollop of French noir, and voilà, you have James Brydon's The Moment Before Drowning."
--Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control
"After spending two years in Algeria with the French military, Jacques le Garrec, a Resistance hero and former detective, returns home in disgrace to a desolate snow-laden seacoast village in Brittany to await his own trial for a horrific incident that occurred during his time in Algeria...What seems a deceptive title becomes a metaphor for le Garrec's journey in The Moment Before Drowning--a gripping, atmospheric, submersive novel that is deeply layered and delicately nuanced. I couldn't put this book down."
--Cara Black, author of Murder in Saint-Germain
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For me it is the apparent authenticity of the unique atmosphere of this time and place that sets this book apart from any old detective story. It is beautifully written. The author is a real wordsmith. I loved it and hope we hear more from Le Gerrec