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Published by Weidenfield and Nicholson, 27 August 2015. ISBN 978
On December 23rd
1980 a plane flying from Istanbul to Paris crashes in the Jura Mountains on the
Franco-Swiss border. One hundred and sixty eight people are killed, but
one three month old baby girl survives the crash and the freezing conditions.
There were, however, two three month old baby girls, Lyse-Rose and
Emilie, on the plane. Which one survived?
The baby is immediately claimed
by two sets of grandparents: one rich and powerful and the other poor, but
politically aware. There is no conclusive evidence to indicate which
family has the rightful claim to the baby. But, on the limited
information available, the courts decide to award her to one set of
grandparents who then assume sole responsibility for the upbringing of Lylie –
a hybrid name derived from Lyse-Rose and Emilie.
The story of the next 18
years, and the search for the truth about Lylie’s identity is recounted partly
through the diary of an ex-mercenary, private detective who goes by the
extraordinary name of Credule Grand-Duc, and partly through glimpses of Lylie’s
life and that of her given family.
The detective has been
commissioned by one of the grandmothers to discover the truth about the baby’s
parentage regardless of what it might be, and he goes to great lengths to do so.
The story unfolds slowly. It
contains several violent deaths and some surprising twists and turns, but it is
difficult to give any detailed description of events without spoiling the plot
for readers. Suffice to say that After
the Crash is a completely compulsive read. There is no way you could put
this book aside until Lylie’s true identity is revealed. This is a highly
original, well-crafted mystery that will keep you puzzling to the end.
After the Crash is his first book to be published in the UK.
Angela Crowtheris a retired
scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet, no crime
fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing group,
goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the operas of Verdi