Son of France

Son of France

A Christopher Kruse Novel

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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When a charismatic politician is murdered by a grenade attack in the Jewish quarter of Paris, a young woman named Zoe who works for a shadowy division of the French clandestine services, hires Kruse and his old colleague and mentor Tzvi to hunt down the leader of the attack.
Publisher: Totonto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443443821
1443443824
Branch Call Number: BAB
Characteristics: 281 pages

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diesellibrarian Jul 26, 2016

I picked up this novel for some vacation reading. Not having read "Come Barbarians," I was unfamiliar with the protagonist, Chris Kruse - but that didn't stop me from disliking him for the duration of the novel. Clearly a damaged anti-hero in the vein of so many crime novel detectives, Kruse nevertheless lacked the dimensional quality that evokes empathy or at least sympathy in the reader. For that reason, I found myself not caring about Kruse's tragic past, nor about whether he lived or died, nor about any of the drama that he was involved in throughout the course of the novel. Babiak does a reasonable job of evoking a grim, rainy Paris (though the bar has been set high by the likes of Simenon or even Miller), but some of the other scenes are just too far fetched to be believable. Surviving a grenade attack and witnessing his mentor's arm being cut off with a pair of bolt cutters? Neither of these things seems to phase Kruse. Everything in the novel has a plodding quality to it: even the "romantic" bits. Kruse is dead inside, and as a result, the novel itself is lifeless and heavy-handed.

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