Imagine Christmas in Paris and an uneasy feeling that something is very wrong in the case you are investigating. 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?
©2011, 2014 Librairie Arthème Fayard, English translation Anne Trager (P)2014 Audible Inc.
French is a beautiful language when pronounced correctly. Unfortunately, the reader wasn't able to do this. Every "de" was pronounced "day", every "le" pronounced "la". More complex names were similarly mispronounced.
The readers voice was generally good, but he inexplicably changed to an overly precise, stilted tone several times.
The voice used for one of the women's voices was lower in pitch than the men she conversed with.
These problems, and the apparent lack of preparation by the reader, were constant distractions from the story.
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