The siren sounded; we were about to land. Dominique Quilichini breathed a sigh of relief. It was over. Exile was just beginning.
Spring 1932. Driven from his Corsican village after a murky, murderous affair, Dominique arrives in Marseille with his son François to seek refuge with his Uncle Joseph, the "judge" of the family.
Actually it turns out he finds refuge with a pimp in a brothel of the Réservé district, in the underworld of trenchcoats and trilbies. Gang warfare is raging...
Corsican mountain skies and the colours of Marseille are the perfect backdrop for a thriller; the brutal light suits it. A novelist of the ambiguous, of tragic misunderstandings and of people whose lives are drifting towards disaster, Jacques Mondoloni knows that: there is no need to add anything supernatural to tragedy. All the author of Richard the Rabbit Heart and Tom Thumb's Game needs to do is tell a story of the impassable gulf separating a man's destiny from his heart.