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It's the middle of a long hot summer on the French Mediterranean shore. The town is full of tourists and the at the Perpignan police headquarters, Sebag and Molino, two tired cops who are being slowly devoured by dull routine and family worries, deal with the day's misdemeanors and petty complaints without a trace of enthusiasm. But out of the blue a young Dutch woman is brutally murdered on a beach at Argeles, and another disappears without a trace in the alleys of the city. A serial killer obsessed with Dutch women? Maybe. The media goes wild. Gilles Sebag finds himself thrust into the middle of a diabolical game. If he intends to salvage anything. He will have to put aside his domestic cares, forget his suspicions about his wife's faithfulness, ignore his heart murmur, and get over his existential angst. He waits joylessly, patiently, and lets himself go. The stone house may end up being his grave. Who's doing what, who's chasing who?
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About the Author

Philippe Georget was born in Epinay-sur-Seine in 1963. 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. Steven Rendall has translated more than sixty books from French and German, including The Art and Critique of Forgetting, which won the Modern Language Association of America, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Translation. He was formerly a professor of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon and editor of the magazine Comparative Literature.

Reviews

Praise for Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored -This is a superlative debut novel from the world of French noir. A perfect beach read.---La Repubblica -Gilles Sebag, an astute cop despite himself, is a tremendously well rounded character, one of those literary creations that promises to have a long life in fiction.---D-La Repubblica -Philippe Georget has us hooked on the first page and doesn't let us go, masterfully guiding his narrative to its final denouement.---Pol'Art Noir -In Georget's novel the scents of the Mediterranean and of Spain, the cosmopolitanism of Perpignan are as much characters as the two investigators, Sebag and Molino.---Obiwi "Philippe Georget has us hooked and he will not let us go, masterfully commanding his narrative to its final denouement." --Pol'Art Noir "The great richness of this debut novel lies especially with its context and its characters...It is hard to believe how well [Philippe Georget] seems to know the region of Catalonia. Wander through it as a reader, in any case, solely for the sake of pleasure." --Hannibal Le Lecteur "The author's writing style is supple and nimble, and he sets into motion an inexhaustible intrigue." --Isabelle Ollivier-Queau "The principal character of Georget's novel is Catalonia, a region seldom used in noir fiction. Far from hyper-urban cities...the countryside, brutalized by heat, the scents of the Mediterranean and of Spain, and the cosmopolitanism of Perpignan are the massive figures who are imbued little by little, through Georget's narrative, with a new mythology." --Obiwi Magazine

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