Ahmed Taroudant, a day dreamer and crazy about crime novels, which he stacks up to the ceiling of his studio flat, is not one of them. But it is he who makes the horrifying discovery of the body of his neighbour, Laura Vignola, hanging from her balcony.
This crime scene is part of an appalling mise en scene. A bloody roast pork has been laid next to her body with its brutally mutilated sex. There are enough symbols for the inhabitants to label her “a woman stained by impurity”.
Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot are put in charge of the inquiry by the very charismatic Inspector Mercator. The pair stands out against the backdrop of the Parisian crime world. She is a vivacious Jew and he is the son of a rationalist-communist. Together they hold all the cards to decode the signs of this mysterious crime.
Arab Jazz is engrossing crime fiction and the author’s first novel.