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A beautifully written novel of magical realism, RECHERCHE is set in the South-West of France in a remote rural location. The protagonist is a grimly rational lawyer, a man who bullied his wife with his IQ. He has taken up with a much younger woman, Lucy, and they have decided to 'get away from it all' for a year while he tries, rather half-heartedly, to write. But the conventions of a Hampstead novel are quickly exploded. Their neighbour is Harry, a fabulous character in all senses, who enchants them - especially Lucy - with stories of his extraordinary past. Harry has had many incarnations, starting with Esterhazy, one of the players in the Dreyfus Affair, and coming right up to the present day. His longevity and his richly detailed tales seem to be corroborated by the ever-handy contents of a huge carpetbag. But there is something inexplicable and almost vampiric about Harry's glamour, and events take a dark twist when Lucy disappears, possibly murdered ...

Recherch - Jim Williams

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Title
Recherch - a tale of memories and murder
Author
Jim Williams
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Scribner
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20010402

A beautifully written novel of magical realism, RECHERCHE is set in the South-West of France in a remote rural location. The protagonist is a grimly rational lawyer, a man who bullied his wife with his IQ. He has taken up with a much younger woman, Lucy, and they have decided to 'get away from it all' for a year while he tries, rather half-heartedly, to write. But the conventions of a Hampstead novel are quickly exploded. Their neighbour is Harry, a fabulous character in all senses, who enchants them - especially Lucy - with stories of his extraordinary past. Harry has had many incarnations, starting with Esterhazy, one of the players in the Dreyfus Affair, and coming right up to the present day. His longevity and his richly detailed tales seem to be corroborated by the ever-handy contents of a huge carpetbag. But there is something inexplicable and almost vampiric about Harry's glamour, and events take a dark twist when Lucy disappears, possibly murdered ...

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Jim Williams is a lawyer by profession and an avid student of history in his spare time. The author of several books written under the pseudonym Richard Hugo, Jim Williams' most recent novels are SCHERZO and RECHERCHE. He lives with his wife and three children in Stockport.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Magic realism (Literature)
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
400

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