Well-kept secrets, stubborn hatreds, the settling of accounts and jealousies, all the filthy mess that has accumulated over the years seems to want to rise to the surface.

Benjamin Desmares

FORMAT: 148 x 210
PAGES: 232
BINDING: Softcover
WORDS: 68 000 approx.
PRICE: 19 €
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2019
PUBLISHER: Tri Nox éditions

The Work

Nicolas Beaucel, a city policeman, thought he would find peace and a quiet job in a rural area in the west of France, to escape his past. But strange things happen: red-haired animals disappear, a sleepwalker wakes up in unlikely places and witnesses worrying events, the water treatment station is regularly clogged up…

Then things get out of hand: two teenagers in love, Victor and Chloé, are assaulted in an abandoned building and Léo, their friend, is discovered dead the next day in the same place. Victor soon becomes the main suspect in this violent death.

Are these events linked? Is the old man, accused by his neighbours of having abducted their animals, involved? What is hiding Hervé, the owner of the water treatment station, who looks terrified? Nicolas will have to familiarise himself with the history of the village and its secrets in order to be able to sort out this case.

Well-kept secrets, tenacious hatreds, settling of scores, resentments and jealousies, all the crap accumulated over the years seems to want to resurface.

And it doesn’t smell good. Not good at all…

The Author(s)

Originally from Cherbourg, Benjamin Desmares has lived near Redon in Brittany for many years. He has worked for several years, in performance arts for an organization that promotes social integration.

He is the author of several novels for teenagers and adults, published since 2015 by Editions du Rouergue. They include Des poings dans le ventre, which received the “Pépite” prize in the novel category at the Montreuil Youth Book Fair in 2017, and the post-apocalyptic, La Tribu des Désormais (2019).

Key Sales Points

– Winner of the “Mots de l’Ouest” award in 2020 in the “Thriller” category.
– A multi-awarded author recognized by critics.
– A rural crime novel whose main character is a modest local police officer, struggling with inner demons he thought he had left behind him.
– A dark, gloomy, odorous and terribly human novel where cowardice, remorse and regret intersect, as they do in life.