By André Jacques
Ceux qui ont lu le captivant roman policier Les Lions rampants reconnaîtront dans l. a. Commanderie los angeles manière propre à l’auteur : une histoire savamment machinée, des personnages à l. a. fois complexes et étonnamment familiers, une intrigue moderne mais subtilement inscrite dans l’histoire et l. a. tradition. Ce mystery n’est pas sans rappeler les univers sophistiqués de Perez-Reverte.
L’antiquaire Alexandre Jobin, officier retraité de l’armée canadienne, est appelé à reprendre du provider dans une bien curieuse affaire. D’abord engagé par une vieille et riche héritière pour faire évaluer des huiles et des aquarelles de peintres postimpressionnistes, il se retrouve bien malgré lui investi d’une seconde et plus périlleuse project : retrouver, en Europe, l. a. hint de l. a. petite-fille de sa richissime commanditaire, mystérieusement disparue.
De Montréal à Paris, de l. a. Haute-Provence à l. a. Savoie, cette enquête entraîne notre héros dans une série d’aventures où se mêlent les milieux de l’art, les sectes ésotériques, les trafiquants d’images pornographiques, les partis politiques d’extrême droite et los angeles mafia russe. l. a. double undertaking qui au début s’annonçait comme un séjour touristique en France prend alors les allures d’une poursuite déchaînée.
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Tom raised his eyes upwards. ’ Laura looked around, chewing her lip. There were five exit routes for the shooter and apartments above most of the shops and bars. Laura noticed For Sale signs, meaning empty properties. The best place to start. ’ she asked. He sighed. ‘Right now, we don’t have one. Likely some crackpot did this, just for the attention. But we’re going to look into Dumas, see if he has any secrets. ’ ‘Why not? Drugs and gambling follow fame like a best friend. ’ Tom shook his head.
We need to know about Dumas. ’ ‘We all know everything there is to know about Dumas,’ I said. ’ ‘I don’t mean that rubbish. ’ I knew what Laura meant. The papers often held on to scandals when they got them, on the promise from worried agents that they’d get the best access to whichever celebrity it was. If a rival got hold of it, the story was run just to strike a blow at the competition. ’ She held out her hands. ’ Laura stalled at that. ’ She looked at me guardedly. ’ I shrugged. She sighed.
Laura looked at her inspector. She could see his forehead glistening with sweat. It was a simple shooting but she detected a fear, like he knew that whatever happened from now on would be crawled over by every hack in the land, breakfast news for the masses. ‘Maybe the gay thing was about Dumas,’ she said. ’ ‘I’m only guessing, but maybe it was some kind of violent outing. You read the papers. A few thousand men play football for money in this country, and maybe one, possibly two, have come out.