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Folly Du Jour (Joe Sandilands) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2007
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Cleverly's (novel) evokes and in some ways surpasses the work of Agatha Christie (Publishers Weekly)
The atmosphere of the dying days of the Raj is colourfully captured' (Susanna Yager Sunday Telegraph)
A great blood and guts blockbuster (Guardian)
Solidly plotted throughout (Literary Review)
Joe hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder. In a cell of the Quai des Orfevres he meets with Sir George Jardine still in the evening dress stained with the blood of the dead man. Assistance for Joe comes from Francine, a young usherette at the Paris Music Hall, it is she who becomes Joe's guide.See all Product description
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Folly du Jour, set in Paris, tries to rely on fast pace and violence. The author attempts to glamorize things with Lindbergh's arrival in Paris and with Josephine Baker--but these are not successful. There's a sense of confusion, a patching in of elements from previous novels. The Paris underworld, the Apaches, play a major part. It's not quite as corpse-strewn as Hammett's Red Harvest, but it comes close. So what you get seems minimally different from a thousand other pulp-fictionish crime novels, which is sad, since Cleverly has proven herself capable of much better work.
Contrast this with Tug of War, which had one long-dead corpse. There was no action, no violence--which seemed a bit odd, but only at first. That novel was carefully written, and had a beautiful quiet strength. It didn't need shootings, killings, and car chases to achieve its power. The India novels have more action and violence, but it never gets out of hand, and if you pruned out the action and violent episodes, the stories would still have been powerful. Unfortunately, The Bee's Kiss wandered away from these strengths, and Folly du Jour has gotten even further away. So try instead Tug of War or The Last Kashmiri Rose.
Hope Joe Sandilands will be seconded back to India!!