Eric Yung signs “Tantale” at La Bouinotte

Eric Yung signs “Tantale” at La Bouinotte
Eric Yung signs “Tantale” at La Bouinotte

Mythologically speaking, Tantalus is the son of Zeus and the nymph Ploutô, condemned to the torture that bears his name for having offended the gods. On the chemical side, it is a blue-gray metal, strategic in modern technologies.

In his first thriller signed by La Bouinotte, former anti-gang inspector Eric Yung, who has numerous publications to his credit, opts for the second option: tantalum dust is found under the shoes of three victims. In a second step, at least, because these three environmental activists were first discovered barefoot in the surroundings of La Rochelle…


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A news item that attracts the attention of the Lucrèce Unit and its commissioner Georges Cormeron. If the scenario is fiction, its author, experience requires, injects his knowledge of the police and legal institution. There we come across 36 Quai des Orfèvres and the complexities of the large house.

Tantalum rings true, fiction rubs shoulders with documentary. Fantasy is not the strong point of this thriller, but readers will find behind the scenes of the profession. Three bodies found barefoot, tantalum dust under their shoes, then a bomb…

The affair becomes political and much more complex than the articles published in the press would have led us to believe, and plunges us into the sad modernity of the crime.

“Tantalum” by Eric Yung. Éditions La Bouinotte, 229 pages, €19

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