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Beyond Suspicion

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Called “a marvel of grace and precision” by the French press, Beyond Suspicion is a Hitchcockian tale of marriage, murder, and betrayal. The novel opens at a lavish wedding reception in the south of France. Two pairs of siblings have become one big happy family. Or have they? When Lise is kidnapped and Henri disappears, what begins as a simple blackmail scheme turns more s ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by The New Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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In the opening chapter of this Hitchcockian tale, Sam describes his sister Lise’s wedding to ostentatiously wealthy older man Henri, a successful auctioneer in business with his brother Edouard, unaccountably absent from the proceedings. As soon becomes clear, Sam’s resentment and uneasiness have been stirred up because he and Lise are in fact lovers, with a plan to extort money from Henri to finance a new life together in America. It is clear from the outset that this scheme will not work out a ...more
Sinh Bisen
A noir novella. Pitch perfect plot that must, since we are talking noir, go awry. Yet, in this work it is the language, yes, the lyric prose that holds its ground, upending plot.

We all get nothing good can come of a widower of fifty marrying a girl half his age. Consider: Donald Sterling. So what comes to pass in this novella isn't unexpected. What is different is the language and I keep coming back to the language which for me that was enough reason to mark Beyond Suspicion a three star.

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Ada Bonnefoi
Sam and Lise live out their miserable lives on the French Atlantic coast. He spends the day with mindless TV shows, she works nights as a nightclub hostess. The older and wealthy widower Henri wants to marry her, to which she agrees, and this should end their money troubles. Instead of a marriage Sam and Lise stages together their own kidnapping to fool him and releasing money without having further obligations. Henri goes on a ransom demand, but at the money transfer something goes wrong.

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I found this novel on the "new books" shelf at the library and it sounded like the usual contemporary crime novel, although translated from its original French. I have to say that it is not your typical noir. The plot was familiar and somewhat predictable for any mystery fan, but the prose was beautiful. I've never read a crime story that was written in such an elegant way. It is a small novel which I easily read in one sitting and would recommend to anyone for a quick, enjoyable read. I think I ...more
Jim Fonseca
A young French couple conspires to kidnap a wealthy older gentleman by arranging a sham marriage to the woman. Things go awry and now we are dealing with murder and blackmail. But the real mystery becomes, exactly who is conning who? This is a quick read -- only 170 pages and it is a paperback-sized hard cover. It’s translated from the French, but there is little local color --- it’s focused on the country club set and it could just as well take place in LA. It’s a good story with easy-flowing l ...more
I don't know a lot about noir fiction or film, but this strikes me as a solid exemplar of that style. The length of the sentences was distracting, but it also lends a breathless inevitability to the plot. Not a terribly remarkable book, in my view, but atmospheric.
Writing style very surprising, very dynamic and with a lot of rhythm which seems to correspond to the narrator's emotional rhythm.
A very good discovery.
This book is short; story has an unique twist; con-artists that are out for the money and something happens.....enjoyed it.
I thought the story was great and I also believe that the author could have told the story with a bit more grace and integrity.
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Jessica Howard
This was ok, but too stream-of-consciousness for me.
It was just alright.
Very French.
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