The legacy of the Second World War persists in this multi-layered tale of vengeance and retribution.
1950s Bordeaux is a city plagued by memories of the Second World War. The scars of collaboration and resistance are more keenly felt than ever and citizens struggle to move on. But across the sea, another war has already begun. The young men of France are sent in droves to Algeria, where they wage brutal battle in a conflict so new it hasn't yet been given a name.
Twenty-year-old Daniel has heard the stories. Whispers of massacres and mutilations, of ambushes and patrols played out under a burning north African sun. He knows that he is next in line to join the fight, but with just a month left before his departure he is unsure of his path. The loss of his parents and sister in the atrocities of the last war haunt him, and leave him questioning why he is going to fight in the first place.
Meanwhile, Albert Darlac, the godfather of Bordeaux, finds himself tormented by a past that won't disappear. Corrupt police chief, fascist sympathizer and one-time collaborator, Darlac soon discovers that some things won't remain buried. Before long, a series of explosive events will set off a spiral of violence that will bring the horrific legacy of wars past and present to the streets of Bordeaux.
Hervé Le Corre has produced a truly uncompromising, multi-layered masterpiece set in a world driven by and built on vengeance.
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About the Author
Hervé Le Corre was born in Paris and currently teaches in the suburbs of Bordeaux, France. He is the author of several crime fiction novels, including Talking to Ghosts (2014). He also writes for the literary magazine Le Passant Ordinaire.
Sam Taylor is a British novelist and literary translator. Born in 1970, he worked as an arts journalist for the London Observer until 2000, when he moved to south-east France. There, he wrote four novels, raised a family and learned French.
Praise for After the War
"The writing of Hervé Le Corre has a musicality that verges on the poetic. He is the perfect portraitist." --Le Monde
"Composed with all the skill of a virtuoso, mingling the colourful slang of bistros and bad guys with sensitive, sharp, crystalline prose that pierces you to the core. Superb." --Télérama
"A full-blooded, uncompromising crime novel . . . Extraordinary." --Express
"A novel of relentless darkness, stirred up by flamboyant villains, with shootings, ambushes and verbal sparing flowing from a masterly pen." --Le Point