By Fred Vargas
Un hêtre peut-il pousser en une seule nuit dans un jardin, à Paris, sans que personne ne l’ait planté ? Oui. Chez los angeles cantatrice Sophia Siméonidis ; et elle n’en dort plus.
Puis elle disparaît sans que cela préoccupe son époux. Après une série de meurtres sinistres, ses trois voisins aidés par l’ex-flic pourri Vandoosler, découvriront les racines du hêtre, vieilles de quinze ans, grasses de haine et de jalousie.
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She had never said anything, but my sister is a damned good cop, and so she has suspected me of something for quite a while. She doesn’t know what, but she knows there is something wrong there and it bothers the hell out of her every now and then, because she does, after all, love me. The last living thing on the earth that does love me. This is not self-pity but the coldest, clearest self-knowledge. I am unlovable. Following Harry’s plan, I have tried to involve myself in other people, in relationships, and even—in my sillier moments—in love.
Her. ” “Tough. ” “Uh-huh. And she’s already spent ﬁve minutes ﬁguring out how to get around them. ” She just shrugged. ” she asked. I shook my head. “Nothing yet. LaGuerta’s already nowhere. But Vince said—” I stopped. Even talking about it seemed too private. ” “A small thing, Deb. A detail. ” “There . . seems to be no blood left with the body. ” Deborah was quiet for a minute, thinking. Not a reverent pause, not like me. Just thinking. “Okay,” she said at last. “I give up. ” “Too soon to tell,” I said.
It repeated a pattern of voodoo drummers and palm trees against a lime green background. Stylish, but practical. I headed for the closest rayon shirt in the knot of people around the body. It belonged to Angel Batista-no-relation, as he usually introduced himself. Hi, I’m Angel Batista, no relation. He worked in the medical examiner’s ofﬁce. At the moment he was squatting beside one of the garbage bags and peering inside it. I joined him. I was anxious to see inside the bag myself. Anything that got a reaction from Deborah was worth a peek.