While the United States is blithely flouting women's right to abortion, the American Douglas Kennedy offers us a punchy novel.
With this new title, we are told that Douglas Kennedy has returned to the noir novel. True, but up to a point. Because the reality it depicts translates so well what is currently happening in the United States that it would probably be more accurate to speak of a social novel. We let you judge for yourself.
For nearly 30 years, Brendan was a sales manager at a company specializing in optical transport networks. He would still be there if he hadn't been fired. And as it happened when he was already both feet deep in his 50s, he couldn't find better than an Uber driver. A demanding job, poorly paid, which requires him to spend more than 60 hours in the congested streets of Los Angeles.
One day, Brendan will have a certain Elise as a passenger, who must go to Van Nuys. It is just after that his life will change: the building in which his client has entered will indeed explode before his eyes. Not by accident, but because someone threw a Molotov cocktail at it. The reason? This building housed an abortion clinic.
Pro-life, pro-choice, we are entering into a full debate. For Brendan and Elise – yes, she was able to escape the building in time! – the question does not arise. Except that in a city where anti-abortion activists and Christian extremists are increasingly threatening, the worst can happen at any moment.
Not as great as Bridal Trap or The Man Who Wanted to Live His Life, but still good. And terribly topical.
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