Son of France

Son of France

A Christopher Kruse Novel

Book - 2016
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Security agent Christopher Kruse lost his wife and young daughter in the south of France. In Come Barbarians he investigated and stopped the people responsible for their deaths. He has remained in France working for the ambitious mayor of Paris, wandering streets haunted by his lost family and watching over a woman and her daughter. But when a charismatic politician is murdered by a grenade attack in the Jewish quarter, Kruse catapults back into the maelstrom of organized crime and dirty politics. A young woman named Zoe, working for a shadowy division of the French clandestine services, hires Kruse and his old colleague and mentor Tzvi to hunt down and assassinate the killer. The mission leads him not to redemption but down a rabbit hole of deception, violence and unlikely romance.

With edge-of-your seat action and crackling tension, Son of France is a non-stop political thriller and engrossing new novel from the #1 bestselling author Todd Babiak.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781443443821
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAB
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 23 cm.


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diesellibrarian Jul 26, 2016

I picked up this novel for some vacation reading. Not having read "Come Barbarians," I was unfamiliar with the protagonist, Chris Kruse - but that didn't stop me from disliking him for the duration of the novel. Clearly a damaged anti-hero in the vein of so many crime novel detectives, Kruse nevertheless lacked the dimensional quality that evokes empathy or at least sympathy in the reader. For that reason, I found myself not caring about Kruse's tragic past, nor about whether he lived or died, nor about any of the drama that he was involved in throughout the course of the novel. Babiak does a reasonable job of evoking a grim, rainy Paris (though the bar has been set high by the likes of Simenon or even Miller), but some of the other scenes are just too far fetched to be believable. Surviving a grenade attack and witnessing his mentor's arm being cut off with a pair of bolt cutters? Neither of these things seems to phase Kruse. Everything in the novel has a plodding quality to it: even the "romantic" bits. Kruse is dead inside, and as a result, the novel itself is lifeless and heavy-handed.

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