French page-turner


L’honorable société, published by Dominique Manotti and DOA (pen name of a novelist and screen writer) in 2010, preceded the recent elections in France but couldn’t have sounded more timely.  In this police thriller the mystery isn’t who did it (the murder of a member of the security services attached to the French nuclear energy authority), but why.  What was the murdered man investigating at the financial conglomerate that supports the conservative candidate for president?  What is the project they call “Gédéon” that’s so important to a trio of young environmental activists that they would rather be suspected of murder than endanger it?

The actions shifts rapidly from one set of characters to another as the plot advances.  The characters are a varied lot, from the detective originally assigned to investigate the murder (good guy), through the politicians (disgusting), and on to the young activists ( clueless computer nerd, pretty girl, stubborn, self-righteous leader who has made a big impression on the girl).  The father of the girl just happens to be a journalist who joins the side of the good guys in order to clear his daughter of suspicion.

It made a good read, and hopefully, the deep rooted corruption described by the authors is exaggerated for the sake of the plot.