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Adrienne Weick, winner of the 2022 Investigators’ Grand Prize


The jury crowned The evil seventhposted by Robert Laffont and Le Figaro Magazine. A detective tale about a misplaced and hidden manuscript of Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, the writer of diabolical, in the configurations of the Cotentin.

Guy Savoy receives visitors in his prestigious restaurant at 11 Quai de Conti at the Monnaie de Paris. The environment is attractive and so was the meal. 3 tables introduced alongside one another the ultimate in forensic investigation. A jury of thirteen authorities who labored on a couple of manuscripts out of the hundred received amongst December and February by Glenn Tavennec, head of the law enforcement assortment The black beast released by Robert Laffont. Which have been co-publishing for four decades with Le Figaro Magazine the chosen novel. This year’s will seem on September 22 and then, like the earlier a few, ought to be provided in the assortment Pocket.

The president of the Académie Goncourt, Didier Decoin, author of a Dictionary enthusiasts of miscellaneous information, experienced apologized. Patrick Baudot, the previous main of employees of the Felony Brigade and secretary of the prize, chaired this fourth edition with the eloquence that characterizes him. Underneath the eyes of legal industry experts, judges, police officers, a forensic health care provider, an archaeologist at the Worldwide Criminal Court docket and Olivier Marchal, a previous inspector at the SRPJ in Versailles who became an actor, director, he, d initial in Cotentin patois, hailed Adrienne Weick’s novel, which is, he created a point of specifying “neither a thriller nor a thriller but a mystery novel,” just before including “the enigma currently being our driving power” to all.

Curse, sneakiness, betrayal are on the menu of The Devilish Seventh. The to start with six having been collected in a quantity entitled Devilish by Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly in 1874. This intense critic who exhausted Hugo, Zola and other folks, this prince of dandyism who motivated Baudelaire, is to some degree forgotten currently. It is all the advantage of Adrienne Weick to set it back again in complete gentle many thanks to this very perfectly sewn intrigue.

Way the Cotentin and Valognes

Why Barbie? “First, answers this money supervisor within the DRAC, I am from Cotentin. In 2008, in the course of the bicentenary of his birth, I attended a fantastic display on Devilish in Valognes. It made me want to write about this book and about this writer. I appreciate losers and Barbey d’Aurevilly is a person of them simply because he was now out of his time. His brilliance and perception of method have done him a lot of problems and enemies. I began to imagine what the seventh limited tale of the assortment could have been Devilish and very little by very little, the tale grew and grew to become a novel. The most challenging thing was not to write it but to correct it, to amend it. It took me a full of a few several years. It was a challenge to consider up when I had small children to raise and a job. A sort of emancipation in limited!»

So let us embark for the Cotentin and Valognes in which in numerous old structures obtaining miraculously escaped the German and American bombardments in the course of the Second Entire world War, an interesting quest is remaining played out. By chance, a battling greatest-advertising creator and a naive college college student discover letters hidden in the mansion. Not just any letters, those written by Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly. In his missives, it is about a reclusive woman. Are unpublished products by the master also hidden in a single of the residences where by he stayed?

An enigma that these amateur detectives will check out to elucidate at their personal risk. Magic formula caches, tunnels, threatening shadows make them go again in time and relive the episode of the writer’s escape during intense combating in the fire-and-blood Paris of 1871. Every thing is there, which includes the tale of Barbey with Louise Read, this lady who was the past muse of the writer, his governess and secretary, his admirer who devoted the last yrs of her lifestyle to republishing and creating known the function of the dandy born in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte in the Cotentin.

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