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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michel Bussi Narrator: Daniel Philpott Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781478962656
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Just after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward the Swiss Alps, crashing into a snowy mountainside. Within seconds flames engulf the plane, which is filled with holiday travelers. Of the 169 passengers, all but one perish.

The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl—thrown from the airliner before fire consumes the cabin. But two infants were on board. Is “the Miracle Child of Mont Terri” Lyse-Rose or Emilie? The families of both girls step forward to claim the child. Dogged by bad luck, the Vitrals live a simple life, selling snacks from a van on the beaches of northern France. In contrast, the de Carvilles, who amassed a fortune in the oil business, are powerful—and dangerous.

Eighteen years later, a private detective tasked with solving the mystery of the girl known as “Lylie” is on the verge of giving up. As he contemplates taking his own life, Crédule Grand-Duc suddenly discovers a secret hidden in plain view. Will he live to tell it?

Meanwhile, Lylie, now a beautiful university student, entrusts a secret notebook into the hands of Marc, the brooding young man who loves her, and then vanishes. After Marc reads the notebook’s contents, he embarks on a frantic search for Lylie.

But he is not the only one looking for her.

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  • “Riveting…Psychological suspense at its finest.”

    Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the very first time...I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year. Sunday Times (UK)
  • You find yourself quite frantic to know the truth, before this cleverly constructed, smart mystery concludes by delivering a delicious sting in the tail. Sunday Express (UK)
  • A richly satisfying story...a hugely enjoyable ride. Irish Independent
  • [Bussi] is a new master of the genre: I guarantee sleepless nights. Avantages (France)
  • Bussi has crafted a suspenseful tale that takes complete hold of you, where the characters are marionettes at the tip of his pen. Quotidien du médecin (France)
  • “Wonderfully ingenious and altogether satisfying.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the very first time…I doubt I’ll read a more brilliant crime novel this year.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “You find yourself quite frantic to know the truth, before this cleverly constructed, smart mystery concludes by delivering a delicious sting in the tail.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “A richly satisfying story…A hugely enjoyable ride.”

    Irish Independent (London)

  • "After the Crash opens with a wrenching scene that will serve as the mystery’s terrifically compelling central conceit…Sit back and go along for the ride…Bussi’s tucked a lot of enjoyable—and enjoyably surprising—pieces into his puzzle.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Fast paced and action packed, this thriller is adrenaline pumping. Bussi offers a smart, complex mystery with plenty of plausible twists and surprises.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “On nearly every page, the story adds another layer of complexity, another tantalizing clue (forcing us to doubt all our assumptions about the girl). Brilliantly conceived and executed.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This fascinating tale of intrigue and murder delves into complicated family bonds as it builds to a surprising and shocking conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Daniel Philpott’s deft delivery is ideal for this intricate story, which shifts in time from 1980 to 1998…Philpott expertly depicts members of two families…Philpott keeps listeners on their toes.”


  • "After the Crash is a jolt to the senses and a jolt to the heart—both rollicking and labyrinthine, both wildly propulsive and yet rich with grand drama.”

    Megan Abbott, award-winning author

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About the Author

Michel Bussi, the author of Black Water Lilies and After the Crash, is one of France’s most celebrated crime authors and the winner of more than fifteen major literary awards. He is a professor of geography at the University of Rouen, France, and a political commentator.

About the Narrator

Daniel Philpott trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and, after success in the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Award for Radio Drama, has been prolific in BBC Radio and the Spoken Word industry. His theater work includes numerous productions on the London fringe. As an audiobook narrator, he has read George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and numerous others.