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The First Man By Xavier-Marie Bonnot

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A deadly former adversary resurfaces in the fourth Commandant De Palma Investigation.

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The First Man: A Commandant Michel de Palma Investigation by Xavier-Marie Bonnot

Commandant Michel de Palma, known by his colleagues as 'the Baron', has chosen early retirement and plans to travel the world. But he is dragged back into the force when a case that has haunted him for a decade erupts once more.

Resurfacing from Le Guen's Cave, a prehistoric grotto thirty-eight metres below sea level outside Marseilles, France, an experienced diver mysteriously gets into difficulties. Meanwhile, Thomas Autran, a serial killer with a peculiar interest in the supernatural, suffering from a dangerous form of schizophrenia, is once again on the run.

Ancient cave paintings, savage murders committed according to a precise ritual: a return to the first ages of humanity, the era of the great Palaeolithic hunters. And despite the gory trail left at each crime scene, de Palma must first understand the child, the secrets of a family, a story of exploitation - and revenge - before he can track down the First Man.

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Keeps up the pace, twisting and turning to ensure you don't stop flipping those pages - Buzz on The Voice of the Spirits

Intriguing and enjoyable - Eurocrime on Voice of the Spirits

About Xavier-Marie Bonnot

Xavier-Marie Bonnot has a PhD in History and Sociology, and two Masters degrees in History and French Literature. He is the author of The First Fingerprint and The Beast of the Camargue.

Justin Phipps is a British translator who translates from French and Russian into English. After studying modern languages and social anthropology, he has worked in overseas development and more recently as a solicitor specialising in employment law.

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The First Man: A Commandant Michel de Palma Investigation by Xavier-Marie Bonnot
Xavier-Marie Bonnot
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Quercus Publishing
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