Magazine article New Internationalist

Dead Horsemeat

Magazine article New Internationalist

Dead Horsemeat

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Books Dead Horsemeat by Dominique Manotti Translated by Amanda Hopkinson & Ros Schwartz (Arcadia ISBN 1 900850 82 6)

Modern crime fiction has taught us that not all detectives speak with an American accent, and not all crime involves clean-cut heroes. The trend is towards troubled characters operating in landscapes their readers recognize, exemplified by that morose pair, Ian Rankin's John Rebus and Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander.

Astute publishers Arcadia have begun a new series under the rubric of 'Euro Crime', encompassing writers as diverse as Finland's Matti Joensuu and Spain's Eugenio Fuentes.

Breaking out of the pack is Dominique Manotti's Dead Horsemeat, a heady brew of drug-trafficking, political and business intrigue and horse racing. Taking as her starting points the hostile takeover of an insurance consortium and a series of arson attacks on some of France's finest breeding stables, Manotti reveals the skulduggery and deadly plots in a new Europe where borders are as notional to the business élites as they are impenetrable to refugees. …

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