Author(s): Michel Bussi; Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
'Ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction' Sunday Times
This is the story of a mystery, of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens at Giverny, where Monet did his famous paintings. In Jérôme's pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.
Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious Black Water Lilies, a rumoured masterpiece by Monet that has never been found...
'This elegant crime mystery shimmers as delicately as the paintings of Claude Monet that lie at its heart . . . A bestseller in France, it is a dazzling, unexpected and haunting masterpiece' Daily Mail
'An enchanting tale that kept me absolutely hooked as Bussi cleverly breaks all the perceived rules of plotting in a story containing riddles within riddles . . . stunning' Daily Express
A work of genius befitting the masterpiece by Monet at its heart ... Simply stunning DAILY EXPRESS A bestseller in France, it is a dazzling, unexpected and haunting masterpiece DAILY MAIL Bussi's portrait of the difficulties of investigating a closed community is fascinating, and the novel ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction. SUNDAY TIMES Murder always seems especially appalling against a beautiful backdrop, which is why Michel Bussi's novel begins to strikingly SUNDAY EXPRESS enjoyment of this intelligent and absorbing book need not be confined to Monetists THE TIMES A work of genius befitting the masterpiece by Monet at its heart. The award-winning author weaves an enchanting tale that kept me absolutely hooked as Bussi cleverly breaks all the perceived rules of plotting in a story containing riddles within riddles. It works on multiple levels and left me completely baffled, yearning to work out how the different strands connect. But every loose thread is meshed neatly together in the final pages until the jaw-dropping big reveal at the end. The result is simply stunning DAILY EXPRESS A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Steig Larsson for the very first time ... Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year Sunday Times on AFTER THE CRASH Thriller of the month Good Housekeeping on AFTER THE CRASH A richly satisfying story...a hugely enjoyable ride. Irish Independent on AFTER THE CRASH
Michel Bussi is the author of the bestseller and Thriller of the Month, After the Crash. In France he has published eight bestselling thrillers and in 2013 alone, his books sold half a million copies in his native country. He has won fifteen literary awards, making him one of France's most prestigious crime authors. When not writing fiction, he is a Professor of Geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator.