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A French Country Murder **Signed, lettered and cartooned**

Steiner, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0312306873 / ISBN 13: 9780312306878
Published by Saint Martin, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A special Partners & Crime Limited Edition, lettered A-Z, each with a small humorous drawing. Ex-pat and ex-CIA policy wonk Louis Morgon has settled comfortably into his 60s and comfortably into his life in a rural French village until the morning he finds a corpse propped against his garden door. Author Steiner, best known for his cartoons in The New Yorker, has written a first novel that will bring to mind the early works of John Le Carre and Graham Greene. And now he has a new sequel - L'Assassin - and French Country Murder has been re-issued as Le Crime in trade paperback. Great reads. Bookseller Inventory # 1209040001

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Title: A French Country Murder **Signed, lettered ...

Publisher: Saint Martin

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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When political intrigue drove Louis Morgon from a successful career at the State Department, he moved to a cottage in France, far from Washington and what he called “the sordid world.” He took up painting. He grew vegetables and flowers. He ate long, lovely meals on the terrace overlooking fields of sunflowers. He thought that he had found happiness.

Then one day Louis’s past lands squarely on his doorstep. It does so in the shape of a dead man. His throat has been slit. He wears a cap with liberte embroidered on it. Except for the local cop, Jean Renard, the police are strangely uninterested. This seems peculiar to Renard, but not to Louis. He knows who the murderer is. He also knows that he is likely to be the next victim. And there is very little he or Renard or anyone else can do. Each clue they find raises more questions than it answers. Nothing is as it appears.

Louis’s best hope is to turn the tables on his murderer. Instead of knowledge, he has only his intuition and his intelligence. Instead of power or influence, he has only his own past. Louis finds himself on a lonely and dangerous journey of self-discovery. He thought he was beyond surprises. But every turn of the road reveals new mysteries, and the resolution is a shock.

A French Country Murder is a story of political intrigue, corruption and jealousy. It is also a story of love and friendship and, of course, France.

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Artists and Writers Celebrate Peter Steiner's A French Country Murder

"This is a fantastic novel, at once a gripping political thriller, a complex mystery tale, and a wise and penetrating look at ambition, duty, and lost ambitions. Peter Steiner superbly evokes France, Washington, and international relations. It's rewarding on every level."
- David Brooks, author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

"Best known for his subtle cartoons in The New Yorker, Peter Steiner has now done an unexpected, but expert, back-flip into the world of international intrigue with this, his first novel. A French Country Murder takes Louis Morgon, late of the CIA, deep into the French countryside in this melancholy thriller in which the compound humiliations of a powerful man lead to murder. Let me be the first to offer a well-deserved champagne toast to this book and its author, who seems to have mastered within its pages a whole new world. Salud!"
- Jack Ziegler, cartoonist for The New Yorker

"Peter Steiner's rattling, sophisticated international thriller of lies, spies, cover-ups, malignant powers, betrayal, love, and detection comes wrapped in a headily exquisite mise-en-scene--the tastiest crepe that's ever astonished you in the French countryside. I could stop till I'd sopped up that last drop of sauce!"
- Diana McLellan, author of The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood

"I really enjoyed reading Peter Steiner's book. I loved the feeling of the French countryside's peace and quiet that permeated the story. Even the murder itself seemed a quiet event, a welcome change from the pyrotechnics of other murder mysteries. The characters are engaging and reader-friendly and the story unfolds at a perfect pace, the emotions and inner thoughts of the protagonist worked in seamlessly, adding depth to the events."
- Mick Stevens, cartoonist for The New Yorker

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