French crime writers are on a roll, with their quirky take on the genre even rivaling the Scandinavians. Don’t be put off by Philippe Georget’s rather awkward titles (this book’s predecessor was Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored), French crime writers tend to go in for whimsy. Just savour the Gallic charm of this sizeable case for Inspector Sebag, a tenacious copper in the south of France with a sixth sense for tracking down killers. A French-Algerian policeman is murdered in his apartment with the letters OAS near his body, and shortly afterwards a controversial monument is destroyed. Inevitably, Sebag is led back to the war in Algeria and a secret history some will kill to keep clandestine.