With her case recently reopened by the British authorities, and amidst swirling accusations that her fatal accident may have been an assassination attempt, Princess Diana is in the news today more than ever. Using the infamous car crash as a starting point, celebrated novelist Laurence Cossé imagines the shattered life of the mysterious Fiat driver involved in the incident but never found by the French authorities. On August 31, 1997, a white Fiat Uno, traveling well below the speed limit, is about to enter Paris’ Alma Tunnel when it is rear-ended by a speeding Mercedes limousine. After the ensuing crash, the stunned driver of the Fiat, Lou, flees the scene of the accident. The next day, she finds out that the driver of the Mercedes is in a coma, and that his famous passengers are dead. When Lou finds out the identity of the deceased – Princess Diana – and sees the massive national investigation develop around her, she quickly realizes that her life will never be the same. Cossé’s novel is a haunting work that examines the nature of guilt, fear, paranoia and remorse.
Laurence Cossé : Laurence Cossé is the author of many novels. From a religious, satirical thriller in which the characters fight over a six page letter proving the existence of God (Le Coin du voile, Gallimard 1997 / The Corner of the Veil, Scribner 1999), to an historical novel about Louis XV’s Prime Minister (La femme du premier minister, Gallimard 1990), Cossé has an enormous talent for suspense, intrigue, and devastating humor.