1 September 2016.
ISBN: 978-0-85705-393-0 (PB)
This novel linked the French police investigation with a number of fascinating theories about the belief systems of early man as shown in his cave paintings. De Palma and his friend, Maistre, are a genial couple, and de Palma takes his impending retirement as an excuse to waive normal procedure as he tries to find out who killed the diver, and why, so the feel is more of a PI than a PP. We also follow Thomas’ life in the inappropriate prison system, and are drawn to sympathise with his condition, nd the way he is treated – although it’s also clear he’s not safe to be let out. The writing is allusive and swift-moving, cryptic, so that the reader needs to keep alert – clues are thrown out, but not lingered over until all becomes clear at the end.