“A jubilatory first novel […] Mordre is to be devoured.” –Livres Hebdo
Shortly before Henry Noguerre is to take an oath of office before the Minister of Justice, the final step to becoming the successful notary he’s always dreamed of being, he awakes one morning to find the shape and appearance of his left hand completely altered: it has sprouted fur, and looks mightily like the paw of a large breed of dog. The inconvenience of the timing and the awkwardness of a paw leave Henry with no choice but to bandage his hand, and feign an accident. No one in his polite entourage would think of pressing him for details. But in his private life he needs to confessed, and it’s then that trouble awaits. His girlfriend, a physician, takes on the arduous task of bandaging him daily, especially when a Labrador ear starts to protrude from under his hair, and a tail from his rear end. Béatrice doesn’t mind his physical transformation, but she doesn’t like his new habit of biting. As for Henry, he cannot and will not let his life as a dog interfere with his social and professional ambitions, and will not hesitate to use his newfound fangs, when needed.
Set in a time when genetic engineering has made living things into creatures of unstable genetic expression, this is one mad dog story that readers will not easily forget.