ABSOLUTELY RIVETING AND TERRIFIC! This is the second Dominique Manotti novel I've read in less than a week and it doesn't disappoint. A police procedural novel set in France in the second half of 1989. A major corporation changes direction, seeks to shift its investment portfolio more into property acquisition (given the rising prices at the time) and takes on more aggressive leadership. The web widens into money laundering, drug trafficking with a Colombian and Italian angle, government corruption, murder, and the sometimes murky world of horse racing. Taken together, they make for a rollicking, engaging, and pulse-raising experience. Reader: if you're looking for excitement and a well-crafted tale, you've come to the right novel.