Fifty thousand believers and photo-hungry tourists jam into Notre Dame Cathedral on August 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. The next morning, a stunningly beautiful young woman clothed all in white kneels at prayer in a cathedral side chapel.Read more...
Fifty thousand believers and photo-hungry tourists jam into Notre Dame Cathedral on August 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. The next morning, a stunningly beautiful young woman clothed all in white kneels at prayer in a cathedral side chapel. But when an American tourist accidentally bumps against her, her body collapses. She has been murdered: the autopsy reveals disturbing details. Police investigators and priests search for the killer as they discover other truths about guilt and redemption in this soaring Paris refuge for the lost, the damned, and the saved. The suspect is a disturbed young man obsessed with the Virgin Mary who spends his days hallucinating in front of a Madonna. But someone else knows the true killer of the white-clad daughter of Algerian immigrants. This thrilling novel illuminates shadowy corners of the world's most famous cathedral, shedding light on good and evil with suspense, compassion and wry humor.
- ISBN-13: 9781939931399
- ISBN-10: 1939931398
- Publisher: New Vessel Press
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 183
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Near the start of playwright Ragougneau’s arresting first novel, a beautiful young woman dressed in white in Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral falls to the floor from a bench where she appeared to be praying. Witnesses assume that she fainted, but in fact she’s been dead for hours. The subsequent medical examination of the unidentified victim shows that she’s been strangled; in addition, someone has tampered with the body in an unusual way. Thibault, an angelic-looking young man accused of the crime, admits that he hit the woman but didn’t kill her. After Thibault commits suicide, deputy magistrate Claire Kauffmann, who believes Thibault was innocent, and Fr. Francois Kern set out to find the real killer. Claire must navigate the murky waters of a male-dominated field, while harboring memories of a painful past, and Father Kern suffers from a debilitating, painful illness that has stunted his growth, and his loneliness is palpable. Both desperately want to see justice done, and the devastating truth proves that the line between good and evil isn’t always so clear. (Oct.)