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The First Man: A Commandant Michel de Palma Investigation

Xavier-Marie Bonnot

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Fiction in translation

A deadly former adversary resurfaces in the fourth Commandant De Palma Investigation.

Commandant Michel de Palma, known by his colleagues as 'the Baron', has chosen early retirement and plans to travel the world. But he is dragged back into the force when a case that has haunted him for a decade erupts once more.

Resurfacing from Le Guen's Cave, a prehistoric grotto thirty-eight metres below sea level outside Marseilles, France, an experienced diver mysteriously gets into difficulties. Meanwhile, Thomas Autran, a serial killer with a peculiar interest in the supernatural, suffering from a dangerous form of schizophrenia, is once again on the run.

Ancient cave paintings, savage murders committed according to a precise ritual: a return to the first ages of humanity, the era of the great Palaeolithic hunters. And despite the gory trail left at each crime scene, de Palma must first understand the child, the secrets of a family, a story of exploitation - and revenge - before he can track down the First Man.

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Praise for The First Man: A Commandant Michel de Palma Investigation

  • Keeps up the pace, twisting and turning to ensure you don't stop flipping those pages - Buzz on The Voice of the Spirits

  • Intriguing and enjoyable - Eurocrime on Voice of the Spirits

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Xavier-Marie Bonnot

Xavier-Marie Bonnot has a PhD in History and Sociology, and two Masters degrees in History and French Literature. The First Fingerprint is the first of a quartet of De Palma novels and has won two literary awards in France.

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