By A Slow River

By A Slow River

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Baker & Taylor
As the First World War ravages Europe, the daily life of a small French town near the front is little disturbed by the war, until the deaths of three innocents--a charming schoolmistress who takes her own life, the wife of a local police officer who dies in childbirth, and a young girl, found murdered--turns the town upside down 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
As the First World War rages on, the daily life of a small town near the front is hardly disturbed by the report of artillery fire and the parade of wounded in its streets. But within the space of a year, this illusion of ordinary days is shattered by the deaths of three innocents—a charming schoolmistress from “the north,” who captured every male heart only to take her own life without apparent reason; an angelic eight-year-old girl, who is strangled, her body abandoned by the canal; and the cherished wife of the local policeman, who dies in labor while her husband is hunting the little girl’s murderer.

Twenty years on, the policeman still struggles to make sense of these mysteries that both torment and sustain him. In the pages of his notebooks he continually—desperately, obsessively—summons up the past and its ghosts. But excavating the town’s secret history will bring neither peace to him nor justice to the wicked. And as his solitary detective work continues on these long-closed cases, we come to see that his efforts can lead only to an unimaginable widening of the tragedy.

In the policeman’s simple, plangent voice--full of unflinching scrutiny and the compassion of weary experience--Philippe Claudel gives us a tale of galvanizing suspense and an indelible meditation on morality.

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As the First World War ravages Europe, the daily life of a small French town near the front is little disturbed by the war, until the deaths of three innocents--a charming schoolmistress who takes her own life, the wife of a local police officer who dies in childbirth, and a young girl, found murdered--turn the town upside down.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400042807
1400042801
Characteristics: 194 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Rogers, Hoyt

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