By Christophe Stener
Pastiche d’Agatha Christie, le roman narre l’enquête d’un jeune Lieutenant de police dépassé par les dix assassinats perpétrés à Vichy, reine des villes d’eau, par un tueur en série. Les frustrations provoquées par le déclin du thermalisme, l’emprise de los angeles Compagnie Fermière de Vichy, les haines héritées de los angeles sombre période de l’État de Vichy, les jalousies conjugales, les supposées visées chinoises sur l. a. ville sont los angeles trame de fond de l’intrigue.
Débutant sur un mode humoristique, le livre devient sombre quand le policier découvre l. a. lutte politique entre l’internationale ultranationaliste et les humanistes vichyssois.
Ambiance à los angeles Claude Chabrol pour dénouer l’intrigue par un portrait acide des mœurs légères de l. a. gentry bourbonnaise. Une visite de l. a. ville thermale agrémentée de dix meurtres.
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What all three accept is that it was what Steiner calls ‘the hinge years’ of 1929 to 1933 that created a decisive change to the world’s future. 39 The central problem of that peace was to create a European framework within which Germany could play a role concomitant with its resources and T h e V e r s a i l l e s Se t t l e m e n t 31 talents without overwhelming its neighbours. ’40 The strategy of the peacemakers, insofar as they had a coherent one, was to try to encourage a democratic Germany, conceding that it had lost the war, to accept the settlement as just.
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