An Ignoble Profession

An Ignoble Profession
February 1st 2005 by Serpent's Tail
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“Like Death in the Dordogne, which would give anyone second thoughts about renting that adorable cottage in rural France, Louis Sanders’s silken sequel, The Englishman’s Wife, is nasty enough to drive property rentals in the Perigord down to a new low” —New York Times Book Review Deep in the Dordogne, a book appears in local bookshops and the tale it tells is immediately recognized by four seemingly innocent retired English couples.

Different names, but the murky details of their pasts are deadly accurate. Only the writer is a mystery: how much does he know and what does he want? Is the outwardly brain Michael Bollington really the Lord he claims to be? Did Mark Olson, ageing hippy and animal rights activist, once blow up a scientist in his experimental laboratory? Behind the blandly legalistic exterior of Richard Carter seems to lie a story of blackmail and extortion. And where does debonair, hard-up Johnny McGuire fit in? And the party-giving Sue Brimmington-Smythe? What frightens the four men into ganging up to murder someone only one of them has ever met? Reality is stranger than fiction in this wicked send up of British immigrants, which won first prize at the 2003 Cognac Crime Writing Festival in France. Louis Sanders studied English at the Sorbonne and lived for several years in Britain.

An Ignoble Profession is his third novel set among the British community in the Dordogne where he now lives.