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Kızıl Nehirler
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Kızıl Nehirler (1997)

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Niemans is the ex golden-boy of the commando squad. Abdouf is a young ruffian turned police inspector. Both are experienced cops who believe they have seen everything. Until one has a case of a mutilated corpse and the other discovers a desecrated tomb.
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The Crimson Rivers by Jean-Christophe Grange (1997)

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Bon livre, j'ai beaucoup aimé!
Par contre, c'est un peu lent au début tandis que la fin est tant qu'à elle moins crédible...

Je le recommande malgré tout, bonne lecture ( )
  EricLamontagne | May 21, 2021 |
One of the best thrillers I've ever read. Jean-Christophe Grangé's writing style is direct, full of force and embellished with beautiful, dark descriptions. In this book, the forces of nature, the darkness in the human mind and soul, and the mysticism associated with the Alps lead the two main characters down a spiral of lies and bloody deeds.

Karim and Pierre are realistic protagonists, their interactions are powerful, even entertaining at times. This is one of the rarest of cases where the film is as good and satisfying as the book. Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel are marvellous. ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Jul 15, 2018 |
For me the book fell into the edge of the "okay" range, because it started out strongly and promised a lot, only to flatten out disappointingly when the big reveal comes because of the incredibly farfetched story behind the events in the novel.

Pierre Niémans is a police superintendent in Paris who, as the novel begins, is one of the officers overseeing the 1400 policemen who are tasked with keeping order at the Saragossa v. Arsenal soccer match. The cops are preparing for the post-game riot, and they are not disappointed. Niémans also has his hands full as he watches two men gang up on another and kill him, throwing his body over a bridge where it causes a massive car pile-up. He follows them, catches up and while under attack by one, beats him senseless with his gun. The damage is so severe that Niemans' boss wants him out of town before all hell breaks loose. He is sent to Guernon, a fictional town in the Grenoble police jurisdiction, where a man had been discovered completely naked, mutilated, and stuck in a rock wall. As the investigation gets under way, and another death is discovered, the scene switches to policeman Karim Abdouf, from the Lot area, who is sent out to investigate a robbery at a local school where it appears that nothing's been stolen. He is also sent to a cemetery where a child's tomb has been desecrated -- a deed for which the local skinheads might or might not be responsible. Abdouf soon discovers that his two bizarre cases are actually linked -- and eventually his cases link up with the one Niémans is investigating.

Up until just past the midway point of this book, I was actually enjoying this story -- there's certainly a great deal of atmosphere, the two main characters were really flawed (perhaps a little too much, though -- I didn't really care for Niémans all that much; his career washout was his own doing) and the trail followed by Abdouf that links him to Niémans is well plotted and eerily mysterious. There are plenty of red herrings to keep you occupied and some dead ends that are frustrating but only add to the mystery of the story. And then we come down to the part of the novel where the whodunnit and the motive ( neither of which I will reveal) start to become clearer, and suddenly I'm on the edge of hurling the book across the room because of its level of sheer incredulity.

While I didn't come away from Blood-Red Rivers with a satisified feeling, other readers have given it 4- and 5-star ratings and awesome reviews. Once again, I find that I'm a tough audience -- the plot behind all of the action was just so silly I couldn't wrap my head around it, but I did like it up to that point so I can't totally discount the entire novel. If you don't mind a farfetched motive that strains credibility at times, go for it -- it ends up as more of a "thriller" type novel than a serious novel of crime fiction. ( )
  bcquinnsmom | Dec 17, 2012 |
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Niemans is the ex golden-boy of the commando squad. Abdouf is a young ruffian turned police inspector. Both are experienced cops who believe they have seen everything. Until one has a case of a mutilated corpse and the other discovers a desecrated tomb.

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