A French Country Murder by Peter Steiner

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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.
This book was later published as Le Crime.

About Peter Steiner

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PETER STEINER is the author of three previous books in this series, Le Crime, L'Assassin, and The Terrorist. A former New Yorker cartoonist, Steiner lives in Connecticut.
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 246 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Recalling his patronage by Hugh Bowes, the brilliant undersecretary on a fast track to even higher office, his sudden smiling betrayal by Bowes, and the decisive final meeting that left both of them speechless, Louis wonders if it’s possible that the dead man, for all his elaborately established ...

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Steiner, during the course of A FRENCH COUNTRY MURDER, frequently moves between Morgon's present and past, revealing how Morgon, an up-and-comer in the State Department, came to lose his career, his marriage and family, and live in a small French village with his paints, his casual friendship wit...

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Sixtyish American expatriate Louis Morgan lives in countrified Saint Leon, France estranged from the government he once toiled for and the family he never had time for because of his top secret State Department work.

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That’s been the story with Peter Steiner, who has published four hundred and twenty-one cartoons in The New Yorker, and whose place in the cartooning pantheon is forever secured by this panel he did, back in the nineties.

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