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Author: Michel Bussi Narrator: Joan Walker Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781478971580
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From the author of the “wonderfully ingenious” (New York Times Book Review) novel After the Crash, a thrilling tale of a murder that takes place in Claude Monet’s garden and the mystery that surrounds it.

Giverny, France. During the day, the town is the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his water lilies. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village.

This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies with the words: “Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.”

Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher, and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval’s corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumored painting of black water lilies?

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “Bussi’s portrait of the difficulties of investigating a closed community is fascinating, and the novel ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A work of genius befitting the masterpiece by Monet at its heart…Bussi cleverly breaks all the perceived rules of plotting in a story containing riddles within riddles…But every loose thread is meshed neatly together in the final pages until the jaw-dropping big reveal at the end. The result is simply stunning.”

    Daily Express (London)
  • “[An] intelligent and absorbing book.”

    Times (London)
  • This fascinating tale of intrigue and murder delves into complicated family bonds as it builds to a surprising and shocking conclusion. Publishers Weekly
  • “[A] dazzling, unexpected, and haunting masterpiece.”

    Daily Mail (London)

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

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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

Joan Walker is a voice talent and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.