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A journey to the green inferno of the African jungle brings one man face to face with his macabre past. Every year the storks would set off on their astounding 12,000-mile migration from Northern Europe to the remote Central African Republic. One year, inexplicably, puzzling numbers of them fail to return. At the invitation of a Swiss ornithologist, Louis Antioch agrees to investigate the mystery of the birds' disappearance. Before he can set off on his quest, however, his patron is found dead in bizarre circumstances. Jean-Christophe Grang-'s uncompromising narrative develops at a nightmare pace from a Bulgarian gypsy encampment to a kibbutz in the Occupied Territories, to the African jungle, to Calcutta, where an appalling and gruesome truth emerges: the end of a mission that began with the Flight of the Storks-
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About the Author
Jean-Christophe Grangé was born in Paris in 1961. Formerly an independent international reporter, he worked with magazines all over the world as well as with various press agencies before setting up his own news agency. Blood-red Rivers, his second novel, was made into a film - directed by Mathieu Kassovitz - with the title The Crimson Rivers.
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If you don't know Grange, ask yourself if you like Stephen King. If this answer is yes, Grange is for you. I found the book to be original, and just when you think everyone is going home happy, you find out you're wrong. This was my first Grange, but not my last, and there is one thing I can promise you about Grange - it never comes to the happy conclusion you typically expect. You might think once the matter is resolved everyone will go on autopilot to the end of the book and they all live happily ever after. Never happens with Grange. If you accept that now, you'll save yourself so heartbreak. I find that this adds to the enjoyment of the book. You can't guess an ending that isn't straight out of a Hallmark movie (or straight out of a Grange movie, actually - they take a lot of liberties with the endings from what I've seen). Grange is a bit dark, and increasingly dark as his career has progressed. It's a great read, but does get heavy. If you are into cozies, might want to leave this be.