'intriguing and enjoyable' Eurocrime.
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When Commandant Michel de Palma follows an anonymous tip-off to a gated mansion by the coast, he finds a body whose face is obscured by a fearsome tribal mask, beneath it a mysterious wound that could not have been caused by a bullet. Surrounded by scores of masks and painted skulls, de Palma hears the haunting strains of a primal flute from the floors above. With few leads to go on, de Palma delves into an account of the murdered doctor's voyage to Papua New Guinea seventy years earlier. As the doctor's attractive but distant granddaughter offers the commandant further insights into her grandfather's second life as an intrepid collector, he and his team stumble upon an art-smuggling ring working out of the Marseille docks. But when his chief suspect is found dead, killed by the same method as Dr Delorme, even de Palma begins to wonder whether the bodies on his hands are not the victims of spirits intent on revenge. The rituals of Papuan warriors and headhunters - whose traditional way of life endured until late into the twentieth century - form the intriguing backdrop to another subtle novel from one of France's most thought-provoking crime writers.