Spending his days sleeping in train stations, hitching rides on the French railway, running from angry conductors, stealing to be able to eat a decent meal, Johan, or «Hobo» as he prefers to be called, has for six years lived in a world all his own. He is haunted by images from his past—the train accident he survived as a child, memories of his family, his deep feelings for Catherine who, to his torment, loved his best friend…. When he steals a wallet and discovers a photo of the owner’s daughter inside, she becomes a new object of fascination. Selena at once reflects Johan’s past and gives him hope for the future. In this excellent psychological novel where past and present intertwine, the reader is drawn into Johan’s distorted yet touching reality, where life seems to race down the tracks at the speed of an express train.
Thierry Bataille : A novelist and screenwriter, Thierry Bataille is also the author of several thrillers.