Ex-cop Eugène Duchamp, sickly, withdrawn and addicted to opium, lives with his girlfriend Pei-Shan above a laundry in the heart of Montreal’s Chinatown. His sordid life is turned upside down when a young prostitute knocks on his door, pleading with him to help her find her baby, who was abducted. A reluctant Duchamp accepts to lead the investigation, which he hopes will be easy to wrap up. But he never counted on finding the Mafia in his way at every turn.
In this riveting detective novel, the first in a well-researched trilogy, readers discover the underworld of prohibition era Montreal and embark on a journey from the patrician Golden Square Mile to the smoky Red Light District cabarets with their eclectic cast of characters who come there to forget the horrors of war by losing themselves in vice. The music of the Roaring Twenties and the heady smell of alcohol constantly emanate from the pages of the novel which also makes a passionate plea for social justice.
Marie-Eve Bourassa, author
Marie-Eve Bourassa studied theatre, literature and screenwriting. The first two volumes of her "Red Light" trilogy were met with great critical acclaim.
- In this first remarkable thriller, the author takes us to the exotic side of Montreal, in the Roaring Twenties, where we meet a motley crowd of prostitutes, crooks, and lost souls. Enters Duchamp, a hard nut, resilient and pig-headed detective with a devastating sense of humour, who manages to keep his calm as he takes it on the chin. Dialogues are written in a popular and often crude language that matches the action perfectly. We are eager to read the next adventures of this newcomer in Quebec’s crime fiction scene. - Norbert Spehner, La Presse
- Winner, 2016 Jacques-Mayer Newcomer’s Award, Saint-Pacôme Crime Fiction Festival
- Winner, 2017 Arthur Ellis Award for Best French crime (Crime Writers of Canada)
Rights Holder: Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature
rights sold: French (Canada book club, Québec Loisirs)
rights available: World
number of pages: 312
publication date: 05/02/2016
Original language of pub: French | Français
Materials Available: finished book