The Man from the Black Sea
Éditions du Rocher
L’homme de la mer Noire is the story of a middle-aged woman named Slovène who leaves Paris for a weekend in Istanbul, where she has a rendez-vous with her new lover: a handsome Turkish man she met just once before. As she hasn’t yet recovered from her recent divorce, she decides to throw caution to the wind in this adventurous fling. Two things nonetheless worry her. The first is that Hussein doesn’t know that she’s Jewish, and she wonders what bearing this could have on their relationship if he finds out. The second is that he can, at times, be violent for no apparent reason.
Back in Paris, her best friend, Viviane, has become concerned: Slovène should have been home by now. As a journalist, Viviane has good investigative skills, and she puts them to work tracing Slovène’s footsteps. From the bazaar in Istanbul to Antalya, her search leads her to a mysterious Turkish family with links to a terrorist organization. The characters in this gripping noir thriller alternate as narrators. Their voices sound out the divide between the Western secular world and the Eastern religious one.
Sophie Jabès : L’homme de la mer Noire is Sophie Jabès’ first mystery novel. She is the author of the trilogy Alice la saucisse (Gallimard, Verticales, 2003; Dedalus, 2007), Caroline assassine (Jean-Claude Lattès, 2004), and Clitomotrice (Jean-Claude Lattès, 2005).