This winter is going to be a rough one for Gilles Sebag, a police inspector in the sleepy French seaside town of Perpignan. After many long months of doubt, he has discovered the terrible truth: Claire has been cheating on him. Vacillating between depression, whisky, and insomnia, he buries himself in work in an attempt to forget the ugly realization that he has been betrayed. But his investigations lead him inexorably toward other tragedies: a woman murdered in a hotel, a depressed man who throws himself from the roof of his building, another who threatens to blow up the neighborhood.
Whether it be by chance or due to Murphy’s law, Perpignan seems to be suffering from a veritable epidemic of crimes of passion. Adultery is everywhere! And each betrayal leads to another dramatic crime.
Sebag, the protagonist of Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored and Autumn, All the Cats Return, has an unparalleled ability to slip into the skin of his suspects and solve apparently unsolvable crimes. But though an unnaturally skilled investigator, he is unlucky in love. He is a perfect protagonist for the coastal French town of Perpignan, which is almost everything except what it seems.
“Savour the Gallic charm of this sizeable case for Inspector Sebag.”—Financial Times
“Perfect deckchair entertainment.”—The Daily Mail
“Georget provides great details along with a pace that lets the reader soak up those late- night swims and wine-soaked dinners in the end-of-summer Mediterranean heat.”—Star Tribune
Phillippe Georget was born in Épinay-sur-Seine in 1962. He works as a TV news anchorman for France-3. A passionate traveler, in 2001 he travelled the entire length of the Mediterranean shoreline with his wife and their three children in an RV. He lives in Perpignan. Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, his debut novel, won the SNCF Crime Fiction Prize and the City of Lens First Crime Novel Prize.