The Investigation by Philippe Claudel

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It's kinder to read Philippe Claudel's The Investigation speculatively, as an interesting and timely experiment, than as what it ultimately is, a banal and rubbishy novel.
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The Investigator is despatched to a provincial town to investigate a disturbing spate of suicides amongst the employees of The Firm. But from the moment he steps off the train, he finds that everything is against him, from the hostile weather to the town`s bewildering inhabitants. Cold, hungry and humiliated, always one step behind, he finds himself in a recurring nightmare that waking cannot break. And yet his resolve never falters: he remains determined to find the only man he can hold to account - The Firm`s legendary but elusive founder.
 

About Philippe Claudel

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Philippe Claudel is a novelist, film director and university lecturer. He is the author of Grey Souls, Brodeck's Report and Monsieur Linh and His Child and was appointed to l'academie Goncourt in 2012.
 
Published January 3, 2013 by Quercus Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Reviewed by Toby Litt on Feb 07 2013

It's kinder to read Philippe Claudel's The Investigation speculatively, as an interesting and timely experiment, than as what it ultimately is, a banal and rubbishy novel.

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