Blood Red Rivers
By Jean Christophe Grange
(Vintage Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780099449027, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 29, 2003
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In a world of knife-edge glaciers, a hideous crime leads two maverick detectives to confront the limits of human evil.
A corpse is discovered wedged in an isolated crevice. It has been horribly mutilated. The brilliant but violent ex-commando Pierre Niémans is sent from Paris to the French Alps to lead the investigation. Meanwhile, in a town in south-west France, Karim Abdouf, a young Arab policeman, is trying to find out why the tomb of a young child has been desecrated. When a second baby is found, high up in a glacier, the paths of the two policemen are joined in the search for their killers, a trail that embroils them in the mysterious cult of the Blood-Red Rivers.
Jean-Christophe Grangé was born in 1961. He was a journalist before he set up his own press agency. Blood-Red Rivers, his second novel, has been made into a successful film with the title The Crimson Rivers.
“The best thriller since The Silence of the Lambs.” -- Figaro
“A gripping story and racy narrative.” -- Sunday Telegraph
“An enthralling read.” -- New Statesman
“Absolutely riveting…packed with tense, violent action.” -- The Times