Timothy Williams’ second Anne Marie Laveaud novel, set in Guadeloupe [see previous post Timothy Williams’ “Another Sun”], The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe, follows the French-Algerian judge as she embarks on another complex case. The new novel will be available in January 2015.
Description: April 1990: French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud has been living and working in the French Caribbean département of Guadeloupe for more than a decade, but her days are still full of surprises. She is only just starting to investigate the suspicious suicide of a high-profile environmental activist and media personality when she is pulled off the case. Is it because she was getting too close to the truth?
But the new case she’s been assigned takes precedent. The body of a white female tourist has been discovered on a nudist beach, where it seems the young woman was raped and murdered. The victim’s remains offer no clues about her final hours—she was found without any of her belongings, and it seems she was dead at least three days before anyone spotted her corpse. What turned this woman’s vacation in paradise into a final nightmare?
As always, the story of a murdered white woman has attracted the attention of international media. Furthermore, the economy of Guadeloupe, so dependent on the tourist industry, could suffer a terrible hit if this case isn’t brought under control with some quick, impressive police work.
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 purchasing information, see http://www.amazon.com/Honest-Folk-Guadeloupe-Timothy-Williams/dp/1616953853
For more on the writer, visit his website at http://timothywilliamsbooks.com/