A young woman is found murdered…and the clues to her death point to her spurned lover, Paul Cézanne
In this richly atmospheric novel, a mysterious young woman named Solange Vernet arrives in Aix-en-Provence with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury, and a year later is found strangled in a quarry outside the city. The young and inexperienced magistrate, Bernard Martin, finds his investigation caught in the crossfires of a raging cultural debate.
Initially assuming that Solange’s murder was a simple crime de passion by either a jealous Cézanne or a betrayed Westbury, Bernard soon finds himself on a mission to unravel the secrets of Solange and Cézanne’s hidden past - the key to which may be a series of his paintings which depict the strangulation and violation of a woman with golden-red hair.
Exploring the questions of science and religion - and the role of women in these realms - that persist even today, Cézanne’s Quarry is an impressive debut mystery about life, death, love, and art.
“Could Paul Cézanne be a killer? Pope animates her canvas with plenty of vivid period detail. Francophiles and history buffs will find much to savor. A provocative debut." (Publishers Weekly)
“Cézanne's Quarry is a highly accomplished, compelling novel. Beneath an exquisite veneer of historical detail lurks a thoughtful exploration of science and religion, of old values and new, and of a woman's place in the world." (Hallie Ephron, The Boston Globe)
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Weak Story, Awful reader
I can't imagine.
A less predictable plot. Fewer Americanisms in the mouth of 19th century French people.
No pizzazz to his reading. And I have a better French accent than he does. He sounds like a Caricature of an American pronouncing French.