I first heard of Timothy Williams in 2011 when he published his first French novel set in the Caribbean—specifically, in Guadeloupe—Un autre soleil (Rivages, 2011). Today, I discovered that it was published in English as Another Sun in New York by Soho Press in April 2013. Here is a short description below; for a more detailed description, see previous post New Book: Timothy Williams’ “Un autre soleil”.
Description (by Soho Press): The sun-drenched Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is technically part of France, subject to French law and loyal to the French Republic. But in 1980, the scars of colonialism are still fresh, and ethnic tensions and political unrest seethe just below the surface of everyday life.
Another Sun features Anne Marie Laveaud as French-Algerian judge who has relocated to this beautiful Caribbean island confident that she could make it her new home. But her day-to-day life is rife with frustration. When she is assigned a murder case, she quickly becomes certain that the chief suspect, an elderly ex-con named Hégésippe Bray, is a political scapegoat. Her superiors are dismissive of her efforts to prove Bray innocent, and to add insult to injury, Bray himself won’t even speak to her because she’s a woman. But she won’t give up, and Anne Marie’s investigations lead her into a complex tangle of injustice, domestic terrorists, broken hearts, and maybe even voodoo.
Timothy Williams: In addition to Another Sun, his first Anne Marie Laveaud novel set in Guadeloupe, CWA award-winning author Timothy Williams has written five crime novels set in Italy featuring Commissario Piero Trotti: Converging Parallels; The Puppeteer; Persona Non Grata; Black August and Big Italy. In 2011, The Observer named him one of the ten best modern European crime novelists. Born in London and educated at St. Andrews, Williams has taught at the universities of Poitiers in France, Bari and Pavia in Italy, and at Jassy in Romania. Mr. Williams, who holds dual British/French citizenship, currently lives on the island of Guadeloupe and is now retired after teaching for 30 years in the main lycée of Pointe à Pitre.
For more information, see http://sohopress.com/books/another-sun/