Summertime All the Cats are Bored (World Noir) Paperback – 11 Jul 2013
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'A lively police procedural starring Inspector Gilles Sebag, a sympathetic cop with a happy marriage, of the Perpignan force in southern France.' --Chosen in the Crime Summer books selection in The Times (6 July) 'My discovery of the year was Summertime, All The Cats Are Bored... This was a excellent debut novel with an intriguing title.' --Euro Crime
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The first, of course, is the setting: the highly-coloured Roussillon region of southern France - not to be confused with the famous Provencal town of the same name - close to the Pyrenees, where the language spoken is a strange blend of French and Catalan, and coffee seems to play a vital role in the lives of its inhabitants. It's not an area I know at all, but the book inspired in me an immediate desire to go there.
The inspector's refreshing mountain walks are so vividly and realistically described that you too feel as if you're searching in those cool shady spots for a little comfort from the deadly summer heat.
The second reason is the character of the police inspector, Sebag, with his all-too human imperfections, unusual perhaps in this type of book for his devotion to family rather than work, so tender in his enduring love for his beautiful wife and in his tormenting doubts regarding her fidelity. He's a man who's not afraid of showing weakness, one whose life you're keen to follow in order to see what happens.
The third is the cats, in general, and especially this story's particular cat who, bored and sapped by the heat, decides to abandon his garden to keep the inspector company by the swimming pool. Mysterious and elusive as the book's killer, but without his dark soul. I've already got the second Italian book in the series at home - perfect reading for the summer hols ...
A real sense of Perpignan is delivered - the place and the culture. And alongside this a credible characterisation of the lead detective and his life - and perhaps also of the serial killer (though it's hard to know for sure without having studied the subject). We get a sense of the office politics of Perpignan police life; the plot moves at sufficient pace and in directions that the reader doesn't always anticipate. So: an enjoyable reading experience.
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Enjoyable read. Gilles Sebag is a superb detective. The world of crime is balanced with family life.Published 1 month ago by lanna o'reilly
REally enjoyed this book. GReat atmospheric descriptions, a likeable yet fallible cop and a story with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by danzdanz
Well plotted, entertaining, police procedural novel. Interesting characters, tension within and between forces, that sort of thing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jezza
Excellent debut noir; looking forward to reading more by this author. I know this area , though not as well as I'd like to.Published 17 months ago by PrincessofWails
The main character Sebag is an interesting addition to the world of crime fiction, thoughtful and intelligent. The book is equally stimulating!Published 19 months ago by Cd Gi Renehan
Fine translation of a fine policier. Author has certain descriptive strengths.Published 20 months ago by Daniel Rayburn