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Summertime All the Cats are Bored (World…
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Summertime All the Cats are Bored (World Noir) (original 2009; edición 2013)

por Philippe Georget (Autor)

Series: Inspector Sebag (1)

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It's a long hot summer on the French Mediterranean shore and at the Perpignan police headquarters, Sebag and Molino are being slowly devoured by dull routine, petty complaints and family worries. Out of the blue a young Dutch woman is brutally murdered on a beach at Argeles, and another disappears without a trace. A serial killer obsessed with Dutch women? Maybe. But there is more to this case than anyone suspects.… (más)
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Título:Summertime All the Cats are Bored (World Noir)
Autores:Philippe Georget (Autor)
Info:Europa Editions (2013), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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Etiquetas:French literature, mystery, France

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Summertime All the Cats Are Bored por Philippe Georget (2009)

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A police investigator whose family is very important to him. A refreshing read from a "family man's" point of view. Author's description of the French Riviera in summer puts you there. Plot is interesting and writing quickly pulls you through the story. Will read his other novels. Really liked protagonist. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
Loved it. Great end of summer read! ( )
  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
A languid police procedural set in rural France that eventually comes to a satisfying conclusion. It's a good introduction to Inspector Sebag and his colleagues, a bunch of quirky French cops. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jun 28, 2020 |
The setting of the novel is Perpignan, in the Catalan region of France, near the Spanish border, where the author himself now lives. It is the height of summer; many including Gilles Sebag's own family are on holiday, and tourists from the north are flooding into the district.

Years of police work have left both Sebag and his partner Molino jaded and they have a reputation of being hard to motivate. Sebag does his best to work an "ordinary" working day but as his children and his wife leave for their summer holidays and he becomes an "empty-nester" he begins to think of nothing else but the cases he is working on: primarily the disappearance of a local taxi driver and his final passenger, a Dutch tourist.

An engrossing read. Does the town now have a serial killer or are the three cases on the books all separate events? ( )
  smik | Aug 14, 2015 |
This delightfully named book is set in and around Perpignan, France which is close to the Spanish border. It opens with several short chapters, each describing seemingly unconnected events: the discovery of a young woman’s body in a caravan park; the apparent disappearance of a local taxi driver and a passage which indicates a woman is being held somewhere against her will. In a roundabout (French?) kind of way these incidents are, eventually, dealt with by the Perpignan police as represented by Gilles Sebag and his colleagues.

The book takes an admittedly languorous journey to its end point but I was captivated from the outset and enjoyed the meaningless but somehow intriguing side journeys into local smuggling rackets and the like as much as the main story itself. Although seasoned crime fiction readers would expect the disparate elements that open the book to eventually coalesce, this doesn’t happen in the way you might think and there is always something to guess about.

But the story, good as it is, is in some ways the book’s weakest feature when compared to its setting and character development.

I defy any reader not to start wistfully googling images of southern France at some point in their reading. This sense of place is achieved in a variety of ways including the wonderful descriptions of the town and surrounds and the food (though the tomato salad-heavy diet doesn’t quite match the bounty of Inspector Montalbano’s Sicily) but it’s also in the attitude and behaviour of the characters. I know I have often railed against the constraining nature of genre labelling and other categorisations for writing but I have to admit that I do I often think of there being two kinds of crime fiction, or at least two kinds of police procedural: American and everything else. There are lots of complex reasons why there’s a distinction in my head but one of the strongest is the different attitude that tends to be displayed towards guns and SUMMERTIME, ALL THE CATS ARE BORED offers a great example of this. Whereas in most American procedurals cops usually have a backup gun strapped to their ankles as well as the weapon they’ve been officially issued, Gilles Sebag is so loathe to carry his weapon that he keeps it locked in a drawer and even when he’s on his way to confront a bad guy he muses that his colleagues will probably all have theirs so he needn’t bother. This is not the only particularly French – or European – attitude that sets the book apart from traditional American and English crime novels for me but it’s all I plan to share here.

Though we do learn something of his immediate boss and his partner of four years, Jacques Molina, it is Gilles Sebag who is the most well-defined character in the book and he does intrigue. He is atypical of crime fiction sleuths partly because he is married with very strong family values (so strong his career has been compromised) and more addicted to long distance running than the alcohol many of his fictional brethren are chained to. But perhaps more oddly he is not a workaholic. I found this depiction, which takes the entire book to really be teased out, to be rather interesting and in the end very credible as Gilles’ attitude is basically quite ‘normal’ in that he’d rather not have to work for a living and he’s not going to let his job rule his life but most of the time when he’s at work he’ll do his job as well as he can.

SUMMERTIME, ALL THE CATS ARE BORED is an enchanting novel that offers a little something for most kinds of readers (though I really don’t see it fitting comfortably into the noir label my copy’s front cover is plastered with). Georget, ably assisted by Steven Rendall’s invisible translation, has managed to stretch the constraints of the procedural to offer something genuinely original and thoroughly engaging. I hope like hell there’s a follow-up on its way.
  bsquaredinoz | Feb 21, 2014 |
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It's a long hot summer on the French Mediterranean shore and at the Perpignan police headquarters, Sebag and Molino are being slowly devoured by dull routine, petty complaints and family worries. Out of the blue a young Dutch woman is brutally murdered on a beach at Argeles, and another disappears without a trace. A serial killer obsessed with Dutch women? Maybe. But there is more to this case than anyone suspects.

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