The moment before drowning : a novel / James Brydon.

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      Summary: "December 1959: A furious anticolonial war rages in Algeria. Captain Jacques le Garrec, a former detective and French Resistance hero, returns to France in disgrace. Traumatized after two years of working in the army intelligence services, he's now accused of a brutal crime. As le Garrec awaits trial in the tiny Breton town where he grew up, he is asked to look into a disturbing and unsolved murder committed the previous winter. A local teenage girl was killed and her bizarrely mutilated body was left displayed on the heathland in a way that no one could understand. His investigations draw him into the dark past of the town, still haunted by memories of the German occupation. As he tries to reconstruct the events of the murder, the violence of this crime and his recollections of Algeria intertwine, threatening to submerge him."-- Provided by publisher.
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      BRYDON, J. The moment before drowning : a novel. [s. l.]: Akashic Books, 2018. ISBN 9781617756252. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 jan. 2020.
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      Brydon J. The Moment before Drowning : A Novel. Akashic Books; 2018. Accessed January 17, 2020.
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      Brydon, J. (2018). The moment before drowning : a novel. Akashic Books. Retrieved from
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      Brydon, James. 2018. The Moment before Drowning : A Novel. Akashic Books.
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      Brydon, J. (2018) The moment before drowning : a novel. Akashic Books. Available at: (Accessed: 17 January 2020).
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      Brydon, James. The Moment before Drowning : A Novel. Akashic Books, 2018.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

The launchpad for this challenging novel is familiar. Police detective Jacques le Garrec, in limbo after accusations of brutality, is asked to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. The year is 1959, the setting is a little town in Brittany on the northwest tip of France, still hurting from the aftereffects of the German occupation. Le Garrec's investigation into "pure bestiality, evil unchained" is distracted by an inquiry into his actions when he was a colonial officer in Algeria. What did he do to a girl in his custody? Is his obsession with the murdered girl a way of atoning for an earlier crime? On the way to finding out, readers will find themselves immersed in great swatches of splendiferous prose, which will strike some as worth the journey in itself and others as a roadblock in the way of the story. The beautiful turns of phrase stall the narrative and, as they pile atop one another, start calling attention to themselves rather than the people, places, and events they're meant to describe. Still, as an effort to blend literary style with crime-fiction content, the novel, while not entirely successful, should prove satisfying to those more interested in the former than the latter. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 May #1

On Dec. 12, 1959, Capt. Jacques le Garrec, the narrator of British author Brydon's provocative and unsettling first novel, returns in disgrace to his hometown of Sainte-Élisabeth in Brittany. He's accused of committing a terrible crime in Algeria, where he has spent the last two years in the French army intelligence services interrogating Algerian insurgents. While le Garrec, a former police detective and WWII Resistance fighter, awaits trial, an old acquaintance asks him to look into the murder of Anne-Lise Aurigny, a brilliant high school student whose mutilated body was found outside Sainte-Élisabeth in a field of heather the previous winter. Le Garrec soon learns that Anne Lise's father was a German officer and her mother was brutalized after the war as a supposed Nazi sympathizer. As le Garrec investigates further, he's troubled by the memories of the atrocities he witnessed in Algeria and of the 19-year-old Algerian girl he was powerless to save. This is a remarkably assured debut by a gifted new writer. Agent: Bill Goodall, A for Authors (U.K.). (July)

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