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Meanwhile, in Bordeaux, Superintendent Lannes - himself an object of suspicion, with one son in Vichy and another with de Gaulle's Free French - investigates the murder of a woman. It looks like a crime of passion. His subordinate, Inspector Moncerre, calls it 'a pr Winter. His subordinate, Inspector Moncerre, calls it 'a pre-war crime', one which they may be allowed to solve. But the dead woman has been engaged in activities which have attracted the attention of the Vichy Secret Service, the Germans, and even the Resistance.
The investigation will lead Lannes into dangerous territory. He has family problems, too, with his wife sinking into depression and his daughter in love with a boy of whose politics and ambitions he disapproves. His own disaffection is sharpened by Vichy's complicity in the deportation of the city's Jews.
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Things, he fears, will get worse before they get better, as divisions between Vichy and the Resistance threaten civil war. The third instalment in Allan Massie's acclaimed crime series continues the story of dogged detection in a world seemingly gone mad. Get A Copy.
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Kindle Edition , pages. Published January 31st by Quartet Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Superintendent Lannes 3. Bordeaux , France.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 04, Tripfiction rated it really liked it Shelves: books-set-in-france. However, the book soon gripped me, mainly due to style of writing. No unnecessary words are used: no gushing dialogue. The stage is set and the action begins with characters that are both believable yet not always endearing! Predominately set in Bordeaux, the main character Superintendent Lannes is called to report on a murder of a woman. Ostensibly she is a piano teacher, teaching young girls and living a comfortable life — or so it appears on the surface.
One can picture them. The prostitutes of both sexes; nasty and corrupt criminals; indeed a degree of corruption is a common theme. Almost as important to the tale are those characters on the peripheral, the fretting wife; the young daughter in the throes of her first love; the absent son — his whereabouts unknown to Lannes but known to the reader. The cultural elements are interesting too. Brandy or cognac at any time of the day, chain smoking and the importance of stopping for lunch. Mar 07, David Lowther rated it really liked it. Cold Winter in Bordeaux is the third of Allan Massie's wartime thrillers set in that city and it is every bit as good as its predecessors.
Prospective readers would be well-advised to read the first two - Death in Bordeaux and Dark Summer in Bordeaux - before embarking on Cold Winter in Bordeaux. All three stories are, of course, linked and follow a really attractive and decent policeman as he attempts to solve crimes which may or may not be politically linked. He carries out his duties against t Cold Winter in Bordeaux is the third of Allan Massie's wartime thrillers set in that city and it is every bit as good as its predecessors. He carries out his duties against the background of German occupation, collaboration, the resistance, family conflict and threats to his own position.
One of the great strengths of all three novels is that the author has done all he can to unravel the mysteries of Vichy France and places the reader at the heart of the uncertainties that French people must have felt in those years. The ending felt like unfinished business and I was delighted to learn that there is to be a fourth in this series. They capture the atmosphere and the people so wonderfully well.
Excuse me, must go. David Lowther. Author of The Blue Pencil thebluepencil. View all 4 comments. Dec 29, Kaye rated it really liked it Shelves: zfiction , mystery-lannes , 0kindle. Another excellent book in this series, really captures the gloom of WWII in Bordeaux, the ambiguities, torn loyalties, etc. Seems like all the characters from the preceding books return to play a part. Certainly hope in the final book of the series that we learn their fates. Also that the rather nasty crime that's been on-going, involving "untouchables", gets resolved satisfactorily.
Feb 17, Cerisaye rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-historical-wwii , vichy-france. I have recently read all three books in this crime series set in Vichy France and eagerly anticipate the promised fourth final? One little niggle would be the cliff hangery endings to each book but don't let that put you off because the writing and period atmosphere are truly first rate. The books are crime novels but more important than their mystery plots are the well crafted characters and what the crimes tell us in the 21st C what it was like to live through Nazi Occupation, through I have recently read all three books in this crime series set in Vichy France and eagerly anticipate the promised fourth final?
The books are crime novels but more important than their mystery plots are the well crafted characters and what the crimes tell us in the 21st C what it was like to live through Nazi Occupation, through the experiences of Superintendent Jean Lannes and his colleagues in the Bordeaux Police Department. Lannes is a middle-aged family man, veteran of the First World War, with three grown up children and a marriage that has gone a bit stale, a dedicated police man forced by circumstances of the French surrender to collaborate with German officials.
His immediate superiors are more concerned about saving their own skins than bringing perpetrators to justice, especially when the crimes have political implications. Facing very difficult circumstances Lannes struggles to maintain decency and honour. How can you do the right thing under scrutiny of the Germans some of whom are far from supportive of Nazi ideology , threats of reprisal from the Resistance, and informers and collaborators waiting an opportunity to denounce those less than enthusiastic about France's new role as part of the Third Reich?
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Lannes is a moral man and a sympathetic character yet sometimes he accepts the necessity to do what he knows to be wrong in order to do his job, protect his family and French citizens from the consequences of the Occupation. Lannes is good at what he does and wants to survive this war as he came through the last one, willing to do what it takes to get through without compromising his integrity overmuch.
How can a good police man accept that certain crimes must be buried not resolved? How can he hand over French Jews and homosexuals to certain death? It is all murky and dangerous, the moral complexities fascinating and thought provoking, as you wonder how you would react under similar circumstances? Lannes' family circumstances form an interesting ongoing story, in particular relationships with his two sons who take different paths in response to the fall of France. Lannes reads Dumas for comfort but he is a pragmatist not a romantic, who worries about the consequences of the choices made by his children.
The nice German officer billeted in their apartment building might be pleasant company to his daughter and no Nazi sympathiser, but Lannes the concerned parent has the foresight to keep in mind the days of blame and retribution to come after the war. The best historical fiction makes you forget you know what is going to happen see Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell novels , which makes for an immersive, exciting reading experience.
Very highly recommended. Dec 09, Alison Evans rated it it was amazing. In this book a woman is found murdered in what is clearly intended to look like a crime of passion. Jean Lannes has his doubts and, with his usual tenacity, investigates fearlessly. It seems that Vichy France, the resistance and the Germans are all interested in this woman. Lannes is now considered somewhat suspect with one son working for Vichy, and one for the Free French. It is and the Germans are struggling in Russia. The Americans have landed in North Africa, and Lannes can see that In this book a woman is found murdered in what is clearly intended to look like a crime of passion.
The Americans have landed in North Africa, and Lannes can see that the Germans may well lose the war, after which there will be difficult times ahead for anyone who has collaborated. Jews are being shipped out of France. I am counting this book towards the R.
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XIII challenge category: mystery. A lovely summary! Superb story telling. The fourth book is on one of the Walter Scott Prize shortlists, but I decided to start at the beginning and read the whole series. The series does sound very engaging and I like the fact that you suggest beginning at the beginning because of the relationships always a good sign, in my experience! This is the sort of series that really does need to be read from the beginning, I think.
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