The Honest Folk Of Guadeloupe

The Honest Folk Of Guadeloupe

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April 1990: French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud has been living and working in the French Caribbean département of Guadeloupe for more than a decade, but her days are still full of surprises. She is only just starting to investigate the suspicious suicide of a high-profile environmental activist and media personality when she is pulled off the case. Is it because she was getting too close to the truth? But the new case she's been assigned takes precedence. The naked body of a white woman has been discovered on a beach. The victim's remains offer no clues about her final hours--she was found without any of her belongings, and it seems she had been dead at least three days before anyone spotted her corpse. What turned this woman's vacation in paradise into a final nightmare? As always, the story of a murdered white woman attracts international media attention. The pressure is on Anne Marie to solve the murder quickly, before bad publicity destroys the island's all-important tourist industry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 127 x 190 x 20.32mm | 244g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1616956224
  • 9781616956226
  • 1,118,853

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Praise for The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe

"Fascinating . . . The Guadeloupe of 1990 is no egalitarian paradise. Although the islands that make up the French colonies may be lush and blessed with pristine beaches, they are a racial, cultural, and political quagmire only the brave and nimble-footed can successfully navigate. Fortunately for the hurting souls seeking her help, Anne Marie Laveaud is up to the task."
--Mystery Scene "Laveaud is an accomplished juggler, dealing with the joint responsibilities of keeping a family and a career in balance and navigating the murky waters of sexism, cronyism and racism in a society where she is very much an outsider. As much social commentary as mystery, this is a crackerjack whodunit from start to finish, as well as a compelling look into one of the last bastions of colonialism in a shrinking world."
--Bookpage "A unique setting and some poignant social issues about cultural tourism and whitewashing in crime reportage."
--Litreactor "[Laveaud] is smart, stubborn, principled, and vested with enough human frailties to make her someone with whom readers can easily identify."
--Reviewing the Evidence "A glimpse into the complex life of the citizens of a post-colonial, conflicted culture . . . Highly recommended!"
--International Noir Fiction "Anne Marie's second appearance, courtesy of the author of the Piero Trotti crime novels, boasts an elegantly incisive narrative and a fascinating heroine."
--Kirkus Reviews "Absorbing . . . laden with insights about the legacies of colonialism, such as nuanced racism, official corruption, and troubled interactions between men and women."
--Publishers Weekly "Sharp-witted, French-Algerian Anne Marie is an investigator worthy of a following, and Williams has craftily created her story as a microcosm of Guadeloupe's social situation, where alienation battles dependence and racial stratification rules. Williams digs deep below the exotic setting's surface in this nuanced mystery."
--Booklist "[Timothy Williams] is an award winning author well worth discovering."
--Murder By the Book "[A] close look at the folk of Guadeloupe and the West Indian culture in general, with its mix of races and lingering colonial resentment of Mother France."
--Gumshoe Review Praise for Another Sun

"Timothy Williams takes us on a tour of an island we think we know something about, but goes deep into the true Guadeloupe as only someone intimately familiar with the place can truly go. Anne Marie Laveaud is a woman of sharp smarts and tenacity, and the storyline offers fresh surprises throughout."
--Sarah Weinman, editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives "Another Sun evokes an atmospheric Guadeloupe layered by witchcraft, vestiges of French colonialism, and domestic terrorist movements, yet grounded by the heart. An intriguing novel with a unique main character in Judge Anne Marie Laveaud."
--Cara Black, national bestselling author of Murder in Pigalle

"Fans of Williams's other books and readers who enjoy their crime fiction set in exotic locations will welcome Anne Marie with open arms."
--Library Journal "Williams delivers a saga of dying French colonialism in 1980 Guadeloupe--a story as convoluted as the racial strains afflicting he island's diverse, contentious population . . . Laveaud, despite a strong sense of justice, is buffeted endlessly by the strong winds of change that engulf one mere murder . . . [A] tapestry of colonial misrule."
--Publishers Weekly "Another Sun is a complex, atmospheric novel, made all the more fascinating by Williams's painstaking attention to sensory, sociopolitical, and historical detail, and by the author's obvious passion for the written word."
--Mystery Scene Magazine "Another Sun is a distinct, involving, and entertaining addition to the top rank of crime fiction."
--International Noir Fiction "In Another Sun Williams provides an interesting view into the politics and race relations of a small island under colonial rule . . . Not everyone welcomes the ruling power and intrigue abounds."
--Crimespree Magazine "A tale of envy and greed and sex envenomed by the inevitable racism of colonial politics."
--The Advocate "Williams captured the essence and spirit of Guadeloupe and its people beautifully. His story telling style is notably subtle, often requiring his audience to come to conclusions about crucial plot markers of their own accord."
--Booklover Book Reviews "Dark, gritty. This one is really interesting."
--Good Morning Texas "The writing here reveals a veteran's confidence and at the same time features an enthusiasm you might expect from an author much earlier in his career. The complex interactions between the characters are handled delicately and their feelings and intentions are conveyed in language both subtle and plain. This novel has restored my faith in the possibility of finding something new in a sea of the familiar. Highly recommended."
--HorrorWorld "You may think you know where this well plotted novel is going but Timothy Williams has some major and even unsettling surprises in store for you . . . and the issues this story raises will linger long after you finish it."
--Book Loons Praise for the Commissario Piero Trotti series

"Subtle, tense and gripping."
--Val McDermid "A chilling education, a scalpel-sharp exploration of Italy's body politic. Timothy Williams knows the ABC of corruption--Andreotti, Berlusconi, Craxi--and is a convincing and compelling voice."
--Ian Rankin

"Stylish and excellent. Those who like Dibdin will eat it up."
--Lionel Davidson "A delight."
--The Observer, "10 Best Modern European Crime Writers" "The ageing moody Trotti is a subtle and convincing creation; the other characters are portrayed with depth and sensitivity, and the Italian atmosphere is authentically beguiling. First-rate in every way."
--The Times

"Williams points to specific and specifically Italian corruption. His indirect style is particularly suited to the frequently indirect patterns of life and crime in Italy, without falling back on the more picturesque or charming qualities of life there for solace."
--International Noir Fiction "Williams' pared-down descriptions and staccato dialogue are a constant pleasure."
--Financial Times

--The Scotsman "Breathtakingly good."
--Evening Standard "Stupendous."
--Publishers Weekly "Simple but stylish . . . convincingly Continental . . . [Williams's] plotting [is] impeccable."
--Time Out "Big themes, lots of cynicism and the overall impression of powerlessness when faced with corruption . . . Timothy Williams is a major contender."
--Tangled Web UK
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About Timothy Williams

CWA award-winning author Timothy Williams has written six crime novels set in Italy featuring Commissario Piero Trotti, as two novels set in the French Caribbean, Another Sun and The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe. In 2011, The Observer placed him among the ten best modern European crime novelists. Born in London and educated at St. Andrews, Williams has taught at the universities of Poitiers in France, Bari and Pavia in Italy, and at Jassy in Romania. He taught for thirty in the French West Indies but now spends his time between Europe and Africa. For more information, visit his website: https: //
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50 ratings
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5 8% (4)
4 18% (9)
3 38% (19)
2 32% (16)
1 4% (2)
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