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Black Water Lilies

by Michel Bussi and translated by Shaun Whiteside
# UM6932 Paperback, 419 pages; 2017 (2016)
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On an idyllic spring morning in Giverny, as the sun rises over Claude Monet's famous lily pond, Jérôme Morval's dead body is discovered in a nearby stream. A notorious philanderer, Morval's passion for women was surpassed only by his passion for art. Was he the victim of a jealous husband? A spurned lover? A rival collector? Newly arrived in Giverny, Inspector Laurenç Sérénac is an outsider in the insular town… unlike the three women shadowing his investigation: a beautiful local schoolteacher trapped in an unhappy marriage, an artistically gifted young girl dreaming of fame, and an elderly woman determined to avenge a long-simmering wrong. All three are seeking escape…but would they kill to get it? A bestselling crime writer in his native France, Michel Bussi paints an engaging portrait of the ugly secrets that can haunt a small town—and delivers a final plot twist I did not see coming! (KG)
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