Wednesday, November 23, 2011

“Remain in Light” Harkens Back to the Work of Hemingway and Fitzgerald

In 1968, Irène Laureux's husband was murdered during the Paris student and worker riots. Thirty years later, she is still on the hunt for the man who knows how and why Jean-Louis died – his secret lover, Frederick Dubois.

Aiding in her search is American expat Martin Paige, a writer still reeling from a love affair gone wrong with a student, David McLaren. Martin meets a young poet, Christian, and the two fall in love, but their happiness is shaken when Martin's friend, Diane Jacobs, arrives in Paris with news that David has gone missing.

Diane discovers that David's disappearance is more than just a missing person case with connections to drugs, stolen identities, long-hidden government secrets and a shocking connection to Irène's past. This literary mystery takes readers from America to London and into the dark underworld of the fabled City of Light.

Remain in Light is a complex book with very real characters. It harkens back to the work of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, leaving the Champs Elysee and prowling the back streets of Paris. It starts with Martin Paige stuck in traffic because of an accident in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in the wee hours of August 31, 1997 and getting home late. Being stuck in traffic because of Princess Diana's accident, however, is not the point--it's his restlessness, his disenchantment since the loss of his lover, David. Diane Jacobs arrives that day, as well.

The plot is full of twists and turns, dark corners and alleyways of both Paris and the human psyche. If you're looking for a light, fluffy read, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a book you can sink your teeth into, re-read and find things you missed the first time, then I highly recommend Remain in Light.

Price:  $4.99

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