Passion FruitBook - 2001
Married on Saturday, Thèrése Malausséne dumps her husband, the ramrod-straight, squeaky-clean councillor, and returns to her own home in Paris's Belleville quarter on Monday morning. At about the same time, the eminent but jilted husband is found dead and shoeless at the bottom of a stairwell, and a sack of money has gone missing. Thèrése's brother, Benjamin, a natural scapegoat, packs his bag and waits for the police to come for him?it's no secret that Benjamin's new brother-in-law is his least favorite man?but it is Thèrése whom they arrest. In addition, Thèrése's fairground caravan has been torched, the work of a homicidal arsonist. The chaotic Malausséne tribe and their exuberant friends slip smartly into gear to scour Paris in search of the bonafide culprits and get their beloved sister out of jail. Daniel Pennac’s ?Belleville Quintet,” a cult success in France, also includes The Scapegoat, Monsieur Malaussene, The Fairy Gunmother, and Write to Kill.
Blackwell North Amer
Married on Saturday, Therese had dumped her husband, a ramrod-straight, squeaky-clean councillor, and returned, frosty-faced and unapproachable, to her own home and bed in Paris's Belleville quarter on Monday morning. The first thing she did after this was to go to her caravan, the tool of her trade - she was a fortune-teller - and clear it out. Seconds later persons unknown torched it, and the person caught inside was incinerated. At about the same time, the eminent, if jilted, husband was found dead at the bottom of the stairwell of his Paris luxury apartment, in stockinged feet.
Therese's brother, Benjamin Malaussene, a scapegoat by calling, packed his bag and waited for the police to haul him off on suspicion - it was no secret that Benjamin's new brother-in-law was his least favourite man. So there were a number of leading questions that needed answering, not to mention the one of where Therese had spent last night before floating in looking blissful and undoubtedly now pregnant. As it was Therese whom the police arrested on suspicion of murder, it was vital to establish this point. Family and friends closed ranks to protect the innocent and eventually the culprits came to light.