St John's Day
Charles Lewinsky leads the inhabitants of a small village in a dance alternately charming and malevolent. Once again the author of the bestselling Melnitz dazzles with a psychologically sophisticated and atmospherically dense tale of crimes and conspiracy.
A stranger comes to Courtillon, a sleepy village in the French provinces. Seeking to put an unhappy love affair behind him, he looks for nothing more than peace and quiet. But the longer he observes the apparently intact world of his new neighbours, the more the cracks in its façade become visible. Every one of the villagers seems to harbour a dark secret, from the affable Monsieur Ravallet, who transforms himself into Courtillon's mayor for an hour each week and dreams of a parliamentary career, to Mademoiselle Millotte, the coquettish crone, who diligently collects compromising information on her neighbours. Even when fires are lit and a murder committed, the villagers try to cover up the tracks leading to an old and neverredressed crime. Increasingly, the stranger feels himself a participant and accomplice in an ominous intrigue.