April 1990, Guadeloupe: The body of a female French tourist has been discovered on a nudist beach. The victim’s remains offer no clues about her final hours. What turned this woman’s vacation in paradise into a nightmare? French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud is assigned the high-profile case. As always, the story of a murdered whi...
April 1990, Guadeloupe: The body of a female French tourist has been discovered on a nudist beach. The victim’s remains offer no clues about her final hours. What turned this woman’s vacation in paradise into a nightmare? French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud is assigned the high-profile case. As always, the story of a murdered white woman has attracted the attention of international media. The economy of Guadeloupe, so dependent on the tourist industry, could suffer a terrible hit if this case isn’t brought police work.
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“Sharp-witted, French-Algerian Anne Marie is an investigator worthy of a following, and Williams has craftily created her story as a microcosm of Guadeloupe’s social situation, where alienation battles dependence and racial stratification rules. Williams digs deep below the exotic setting’s surface in this nuanced mystery. ”
—Booklist on The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe
“Absorbing ... Laden with Insights about the legacies colonialism, such as nuanced racism, official corruption, and troubled interactions between men and women. ”
—Publishers Weekly on The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe
“Anne Marie's second appearance, courtesy of the author of the Piero Trotti crime novels, boasts an elegantly incisive narrative and a fascinating heroine.”
“Laveaud is an accomplished juggler, dealing with the joint responsibilities of keeping a family and a career in balance and navigating the murky waters of sexism, cronyism and racism in a society where she is very much an outsider. As much social commentary as mystery, this is a crackerjack whodunit from start to finish, as well as a compelling look into one of the last bastions of colonialism in a shrinking world.”
“[A] close look at the folk of Guadeloupe and the West Indian culture in general, with its mix of races and lingering colonial resentment of Mother France.”
“Fascinating ... The Guadeloupe of 1990 is no egalitarian paradise. Although the islands that make up the French colonies may be lush and blessed with pristine beaches, they are a racial, cultural, and political quagmire only the brave and nimble-footed can successfully navigate. Fortunately for the hurting souls seeking her help, Anne Marie Laveaud is up to the task.”