Divided along so many social fault lines, a city in the west of France is a tinderbox of anger and passion. As the tension grows, things go badly wrong as a cop is killed and a terror cell is scattered across the city. A school on the deprived side of the city is caught up in the turmoil as students, their teacher and a visiting children’s author are locked down.
Making his first appearance in an English translation, Jérôme Leroy gives us a subtle and sardonic perspective on the shifts taking place in politics and society in this disturbing novella.
A prolific author of novels for both adults and young adults, essays and poetry, Jérôme Leroy is from Rouen. His work has appeared in a number of languages, but Little Rebel is his first work to be translated into English.
Originally from Liverpool, Graham H. Roberts has been living in the northern French city of Lille since 2003. When he’s not translating French crime fiction, Roberts teaches at a number of HE institutions in the Lille area and in Paris. In his spare time he enjoys writing and his first novel – also a work of crime fiction – is due for completion some time in 2021.
This is a book that draws you in quickly, because it makes you really think.
It’s very dark, dealing with terrorism in it’s pages. I’d have liked it to be longer, if I’m honest. I’ve not read anything from this author before and I will be putting that right soon, I hope.
I can’t say I particularly liked any of the characters, but it does highlight how we stereotype people by what the media feeds us. It touches strongly on major themes and brings to light attitudes that exist in the world, however they’re dressed up. It highlights how we’d expect someone to be and what we’d expect them to do from the off, as it’s filled with fraught tension and misdirection and I completely devoured it.
An enjoyable read, that maybe could have been a little longer as the ending felt rushed.
With thanks to the publisher and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.