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French Fiction Fridays #4

In the fourth edition of our ongoing French Fiction Fridays series, we go on the road with two exciting new novels. Élise, the heroine of Two Strangers by Émilie Frèche, receives an unexpected phone call from her estranged father, beckoning her on an urgent road trip to Morocco. We meet Tomas Rawicz, the hapless hero of Christian Garcin’s Vladivostok Nights, in a room where he is being held prisoner by a Chinese detective after a bumbling night in the Vladivostok, Russia train station.

We hope these excerpts from two frenetic and suspenseful novels will inspire you to pick them up in French and continue reading. Check in with us again next week for two more fabulous French tales.

Two Strangersby Émilie Frèche

Synopsis: Élise has not seen her father for seven years. He lives in Morocco, barely knows Élise’s husband and doesn’t know her children at all, while she knows nothing of his life. Father and daughter have fallen out so many times, hurting each other and inflicting petty humiliations on each other, that in the end they no longer even speak the same language: they have become two strangers.And yet when Élise receives an improbable telephone call from her father, summoning her to see him, she obeys the domestic tyrant’s orders as if responding to an age-old reflex, even though her own household is falling apart. She takes her ancient Renault 5—her only legacy from her beloved mother—and heads for Marrakech.

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Vladivostok Nightsby Christian Garcin

Synopsis: Thomas Rawicz, un Français plus étourdi que crapule, se retrouve séquestré dans unlocal poisseux, face à un Chinois convaincu d’avoir mis la main sur Tomas Krawczyk, unmalfrat impliqué dans de sordides histoires de prostitution et de trafics d’enfants, qu’il traque depuis plusieurs semaines. Le Chinois, c’est « Zuo Luo », détective privé qui a établisa réputation sur le sauvetage des femmes maltraitées, aidé par Wanglin, cerveau de cettesingulière association. Une fois les malentendus dissous, Thomas est relâché. Curieuxd’entendre l’histoire qui lie les deux complices, il va se joindre à eux et reporter son départ pour Irkoutsk, où il devait retrouver Marie, sa compagne franco-russe.

Quel est le point commun entre une prostituée coréenne, un figurant professionnel rompu aux films de kung-fu hongkongais, deux soldats tués dans la guerre russo-chinoise de 1969, une étrange Sibérienne aux yeux clairs et un chef de gang latino ? Quel sens donner à la petite histoire quand elle se mêle à la grande ? De Vladivostok à l’île chamanique d’Olkhon-sur-Baïkal, en passant par les souterrains de New York, ce qui n’était qu’une chasse à l’homme va susciter l’apparition d’imbrications inattendues…

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