In Search of Alice
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In Search of Alice is a delight that confirms—if not more—all the good one already could have been thinking about Sophie Bassignac.
A charmingly Parisian love story between a quirky tour guide and a police inspector in which bad behavior turns out to be wonderfully good.
Alice is a mother of two and a tour guide at the Louvre. She is also the recipient of an anonymous letter claiming that her husband has a mistress—a famous photojournalist. Alice’s response to the letter, as to many other things, is more than slightly unusual. After reading it, Alice goes to the photographer’s home, speaks to her, and determines that the letter is telling the truth. After inadvertently making a chaotic mess of the house, she ties the photographer to the bathroom faucet . . . and leaves. Then, seized by sudden remorse, mainly out of consideration for the woman’s gorgeous breasts, she returns to untie her. The photographer immediately calls the police. It was a baffling revenge at best, and now Alice sits in the waiting room of a Paris police station. And then the plot thickens . . .
Inspector Picasso recognizes Alice from the past, as a best friend of his wife’s. But that was years ago, and besides, his wife has all but left him. . . . The more Picasso listens to Alice—and looks at her—the more deeply he is taken with her. He will have plenty of opportunities to be around her, as he must find out who sent the letter and whether Alice is being followed. Picasso himself follows her to the Loire Valley for her mother’s funeral, looking for clues in what he thinks is a simple investigation, finding instead a taste of fleeting, but true, happiness.
Sophie Bassignac : Sophie Bassignac is the author of three previous novels, Les aquariums lumineux (Éditions Denoël, 2008), À la recherche d’Alice (Éditions Denoël, 2009), and Dos à dos (J.C. Lattès, 2011). Her first novel was sold in six countries (Italy: Einaudi; Spain: Grijalbo Mondadori; Poland: Amber; Russia: Atticus; South Korea: Mellon; China: Phoenix)..