Thursday, July 9, 2015
Review of Nazis in the Metro by Didier Daeninckx (Melville House, 2014)
Didier Daeninckx has a reputation for being one of France’s most controversial crime fiction writers. Nazis in the Metro is a relatively short tale (178 pages) that has a fairly linear plot which seems to more a vehicle for revealing the sordid political underbelly of modern France than performing a crime tale. Although quite nicely told, my sense was that the plot was weak and truncated throughout and in particular fell apart somewhat at the end. As such, while the substance was interesting and the character of Gabriel Lecouvreur appealing, the tale fell short of expectation and was ultimately a little disappointing. This was a shame as Daeninckx clearly has something interesting and worthwhile to say about French society and its politics.