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After the crash / Michel Bussi ; translated from the French by Sam Taylor.

By: Bussi, Michel, 1965- [author.].
Contributor(s): Taylor, Sam [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 386 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780297871439.Subject(s): Aircraft accidents -- Survivors of -- Fiction | Infants -- Fiction | Private investigators -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | French fiction -- Translations into English | France -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 843.9/2
Contents:
On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone...
Summary: On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone...
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On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone . . .

"A sole survivor... A baby girl. But who is she?" --Cover.

Originally published as: Un avion sans elle. Paris : Presses de la Cité, 2012.

On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone...

On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone...

Translated from the French.

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Publishers Weekly Review

French crime author Bussi makes his English-language debut with an insightful thriller. A three-month-old girl, dubbed the Dragonfly by the media, is the sole survivor of a 1980 airline crash in the Jura Mountains at the Franco-Swiss border. The Dragonfly was one of two babies the same age on the flight from Istanbul to Paris, but during the crash any bits of identification were lost. Was the baby Lyse-Rose de Carville, granddaughter of a wealthy family and now heir to an industrial fortune? Or was the little survivor Emilie Vitral, whose grandparents operate a van that sells snack food in Dieppe? Both sets of parents died in the crash, and the primitive DNA testing of the time can't provide an answer. Meanwhile, sleazy Crédule Grand-Duc, a former mercenary turned private detective, spends the next 18 years trying to uncover the child's identity. This fascinating tale of intrigue and murder delves into complicated family bonds as it builds to a surprising and shocking conclusion. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* This is the first of French crime novelist Bussi's novels to appear in an English translation, and it's a real corker. In 1980, a plane crash kills all but one person aboard the aircraft. The survivor, a baby girl, is thrown clear. A wealthy businessmen says the girl is his granddaughter, but so does a considerably less well-off man. A judge decides the girl is the granddaughter of the poor man, but the wealthy man doesn't take defeat well. His wife hires a private investigator to find out who the girl really is, once and for all, and now, 18 years later, the private investigator is ready to admit defeat. But, moments before his planned suicide, he finally realizes he's known the solution to the mystery all along. That's just the setup to this devilishly complex thriller, which intercuts scenes set in the present day (1998) with excerpts from the investigator's journal that take us through the history of the case. On nearly every page, the story adds another layer of complexity, another tantalizing clue (forcing us to doubt all our assumptions about the girl). Brilliantly conceived and executed.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A plane crash and the identity of its lone survivor form the delicious premise for Bussi's novel. It's 1980, and a plane en route from Istanbul to Paris crashes into the side of a mountain. Everyone aboard is killed, but searchers find one survivor, an infant girl who's been improbably thrown from the plane. The 3-month-old baby is immediately hailed as a miracle child and would be reunited with her grandparents except for one small problem: there were two baby girls on the flight, and neither set of grandparents has ever seen their granddaughters. Up springs a battle to claim the little girl, with a rich family, the de Carvilles, on one side and a poor family, the Vitrals, on the other. But a man who has investigated the case for 18 years is at the center of the drama. Crdule Grand Duc, a private investigator hired by the de Carvilles to prove the child is their Lyse-Rose and not Emilie Vitral, has finally determined the child's identity. Complicated by the fact that DNA was not a commonplace identifying tool until the later 1980s, the action moves back and forth over the years as the two families tussle over the child, to the present day of the book, which is 1998. Bussi has an intriguing premise, but many things about his narrative will frustrate readers, including DNA test results that no one bothers to read, and when people do, they keep the results secret. Lyse-Rose's older sister, Malvina, is a heavy-handed villain; Emilie's brother, Marc, is also the girl's lover, adding the possibility of incest to the mix; and Grand Duc's recounting of the events, in a notebook he left behind at his death, is a meandering mess that's like a long-winded uncle stretching a one-minute story into a three-hour monologue. Lots of initial promise, but the plot proves improbable and the execution melodramatic. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.