THE AWKWARD SQUAD

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Sophie Hénaff

Translated from the French by Sam Gordon

Paperback - B-format - 320pp - £8.99 - 12/07/2018 - 9780857055774

Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing "one bullet too many", Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases.

Though relieved to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new role. Even less so when she meets her new team: a crowd of misfits, troublemakers and problem cases, none of whom are fit for purpose and yet none of whom can be fired.

But from this inauspicious start, investigating the cold cases throws up a number a number of strange mysteries for Capestan and her team: was the old lady murdered seven years ago really just the victim of a botched robbery? Who was behind the dead sailor discovered in the Seine with three gunshot wounds? And why does there seem to be a curious link with a ferry that was shipwrecked off the Florida coast many years previously?

A delightful creation, the members of her team amusing and the book lively
— Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES
Original and amusing, it’s French noir with a sly smile
— Karen Robinson, THE TIMES
Amusing and interesting ... this very enjoyable tale has deservingly won several French literary prizes
— Jessica Mann, LITERARY REVIEW
This summer’s crime read
— COSMOPOLITAN
You will not want to tear yourself away ... Extremely original
— Jean-Louis Debré, LE POINT
A scintillating read ... we are already hooked
— ELLE
Elise Williams