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The Killing Tide by Jean-Luc Bannalec
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The Killing Tide (2016)

by Jean-Luc Bannalec

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The Killing Tide by Jean-Luc Bannalec is the fifth novel in the internationally bestselling Commissaire Dupin series. Deep sea fishers, dolphin researchers, smugglers, and an island shrouded in myth in the middle of the rough Atlantic ocean: Commissaire Dupin had sworn he would never again investigate on the ocean, but his fifth case takes him offshore, off the west coast of Brittany on a beautifully sunny day in June. He lands on the unique ÃZle de Sein, populated by more rabbits than people, where the hairdresser arrives by boat and which was formerly inhabited by powerful witches and even the devil himself. In front of this impressive backdrop--between the islands of Molène, Ouessant, and the bay of Douarnenez--Dupin and his team follow a puzzling case that pushes them to their very limits.… (more)

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Two women are found with their throats slit: one in the fish auction hall in Douarnenez, the other in a cemetery on the island of Sein. Is there a connection? A serial killer? Once again, Dupin and his team race across the Finisterre in boats and cars to solve the crimes. Along the way we get Breton legends (Tristan, King Gradlon and the lost city of Ys), lush descriptions of the countryside and the Atlantic, thunderstorms, lectures about the marine protection area of the Parc Iroise and tips on where to eat or spend a night, because these books are travel guides to Brittany as well as mysteries.
I know some of the area fairly well from my own visits (and was pleased to see a hotel mentioned where we stayed before the book was written) and therefore I found some of the times and distances covered unconvincing. The police investigations, as usuaI, also strike me as barely credible. 18-hour shifts are unfeasible, at least the higher-ups would have screamed blue murder because of unauthorised overtime pay. But the witnesses or suspects definitely wouldn’t put up with waiting around until 10pm to suit monsieur le commissaire. ( )
  MissWatson | Jun 6, 2019 |
Also Commissaire Dupin's fifth case was very exciting. He investigates the offshore islands, where on the one hand he likes the landscape but on the other hand the stormy sea brings him great discomfort. The question comes up soon, does he have to deal with a serial killer? Which he doubted, even if many signs speak for it. Did the scientists have to die because they tested new fishing methods or found that the sea was poisoned or because they found a mythological cross? Once again, Dupin must recognize how closed the Breton island population is and therefore far from being helpful. ( )
  Ameise1 | Jan 5, 2019 |
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