Quai du Polar 2021: So here we are, with the event delayed until July this year, I’ve had ample time to read all six of the short listed thrillers, and I must say that I needed the extra time, you’ll find out why. Here then is my “official” Winner. Let’s see if the event jury get it right on the 4th of July……………
Hannelore Cayre “Richesse Oblige”. An interesting book from a historical perspective.
Joseph Incardona “La soustraction des possibles”. This complex story, its construction, and the slightly sarcastic style combine to make this a most enjoyable book.
Gabrielle Massat “Le goût du rouge à lèvre de ma mère”. This was a long book, and pretty improbable, setting it in San Francisco seems to me to be an over complication.
Sébastien Rutés “Mictlán”. I had read a comment of despair about this before hand and can safely now say I share this despair, I needed two months to get over it.
Benoît Séverac “Tuer le fils”. An honest story, just not my cup of tea.
Patrice Gain “Le Sourire du scorpion”. This uncomfortable story is based on the true life events of a genocidal criminal arrested in Lyon in 2011.
And finally, I’ve gone with:
Joseph Incardona “La soustraction des possibles” (Éditions Finitude).