By Anne Perry
No breath of scandal has ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family–until Sir Basil’s appealing widowed daughter is stabbed to dying in her personal mattress, a surprising, incomprehensible tragedy.
Inspector William Monk is ordered to enquire in a fashion that may provide the least attainable soreness to the influential relatives. yet Monk, amazing and bold, is handicapped through lingering lines of amnesia and by way of the craven ineptitude of his manager, who would favor not anything higher than to work out Monk fail. With the aid of nurse Hester Latterly, a revolutionary younger lady who served with Florence Nightingale within the Crimea, Monk gropes warily during the silence and shadows that imprecise the case, understanding that with each one step he comes in the direction of the appalling fact.
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90 89 Maurice Renault, “En bavardant avec Léo Malet,” Magazine littéraire 21 (1949): 109-11. 90 Armand Hoog, “Mythologie du Pistolet: Romans policiers de Léo Malet,” Carrefour 07 Sept 1949. Rpt. , Nestor Burma détective de choc, un monde étrange. Spec. issue of Enigmatika 18 (1981). Paris: Butte-auxCailles, 1982: 119-22. 48 From Surrealism to Less-Exquisite Cadavers It may not be accurate to say that Burma “cache” his knowledge, as he shares it with the reader whenever possible. The range of his “connaissances,” including that of literary figures such as Mallarmé as well as historical faits-divers, is both surprising and impressive, as it goes beyond the culture scolaire that most French citizens shared.
Pour découvrir un paysage aussi maussade . . C’était un triste paysage déprimant, mais l’adolescent le contemplait avec une sorte d’avidité. (Enquêtes, 2: 258) The adolescent is so happy to be in Paris away from “[ses] vieux” that he is willing to overlook the sacrifices he must make in order to stay in the company of disgruntled anarchists. The song that the commune dwellers sing, “Paris, Paris, ô ville infâme et merveilleuse,” captures Malet’s vision of the French capital: it is at once sordid and marvelous.
In this casual reference to a time long past, Malet reminds his readers that he has led a life almost as colorful as Burma’s. By including them in his novel, he immortalizes his fellow chansonniers in the same way that a poet might immortalize a girlfriend in a poem. In a 1958 interview, Gabriel d’Aubarède asked: -- Vous aimez l’imprévu et vous comptez sur lui. Comme votre Nestor Burma, dont il est généralement le meilleur inspirateur . . Au fond, Nestor 97 Christophe Driancourt, “Le charme discret d’un écrivain non-conformiste,” FranceSoir Ouest 8 Dec.
A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, Book 2) by Anne Perry