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The Sunday Times best seller
Waterstones nonfiction book of the month
On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting....
With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense Emmanuel Carrère begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, 18 years of lies, five murders and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.
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|Durée||4 heures et 53 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||12 octobre 2017|
|Éditeur||Random House AudioBooks|
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4 en Histoire vraie - escrocs, impostures et fraudes
36 en Affaires de meurtres
11,461 en Questions de société dans la société (Livres)
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Truman Capote wrote a classic account of murder in America’s heartland, entitled In Cold Blood which was published in 1966. As “Publisher’s Weekly” says: “Capote's spellbinding narrative plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a senseless quadruple murder…” Emmanuel Carrere has written an equally riveting account of an even more horrific set of murders in France.
I purchased this book while in France, after reading a review of it in the French newspaper, “Liberation.” Perhaps it was just interlinking references, but the author states that he decided to write a more detailed account of the murders after reading about them in the Société page in the same newspaper. This section of “Libé” may be ironically entitled, for it usually deals with some awful aspect of the underbelly of French society. The tourists race from one guidebook site to the next, blissfully unaware of the underside of French life through which they travel. Yet it is all there for those who open their eyes.
On January 09, 1993, Jean-Claude Romand shot and killed his wife, along with his young daughter, eight years old, and his son, five. After buying some newspapers, he then drove to his parent’s home, some 50 km away, shot his father in the back, and his mother in the face. He then had a rendezvous with his mistress, in Paris, with the purported intention of taking her to dinner at his “friend’s” home, Bernard Kouchner, founder of Medicine san Frontiere (no such friendship existed.) He tried to kill her too, but suddenly stopped. Later, he drove back to the Jura region, and attempted to burn his house, with the bodies of his family, and in the process (maybe) kill himself. He failed in that attempt also. Grisly beyond belief. Even the superlatives fail us.
Carrere writes to the now recovered Romand in prison, seeking to “tell his story,” the story of a psychopathic liar, con artist, embezzler, and murderer who has just fallen out of the façade of a successful upper middle class life. The author discusses his profound ambivalence in undertaking such a process, but I think we are a bit sadder and wiser because he did, like Capote, successfully plumb the psychological and emotional depths of these tragic events. Jean-Claude Romand had constructed an entire life that was an utter fraud, starting from around 16, when he failed to pass his school exams. Nonetheless, he managed to fake an entire schooling in medicine, culminating in his degree as a “doctor.” He allegedly went to work every day at the World Health Organization in Geneva, with a high position in research. Some days, he simply wandered in the woods until it was time to go back home. Financially, without the WHO income, he managed to stay afloat by embezzling from relatives first, and then friends, since he knew this bank in Geneva that paid 18% interest.
Carrere meticulously reassembled Romand’s life, the various turns and twists, and writes a page-turning account. How none of this was detected for almost two decades, and then finally the financial “house of cards” collapsed, precipitating the murders, but, as was pointed out of more than one occasion, somehow Romand did not turn the gun on himself. Carrere realizes his role is ambiguous, and he states how some of the other journalists denounced him for it while covering the trial. And when you think the story can not descend any further, Carrere describes the type of people who are attracted to Romand after his story is revealed, and he is in prison.
“L’Adversaire” means the adversary, but in this particular connotation, with the capital “A,” it is a reference for the Devil. Suitably entitled. France abolished capital punishment in the ‘40’s. This particular “L’Adversaire” is eligible for parole in 2015. A recommended read, certainly before then. [Note: It appears he still remains in prison]. 5-stars.
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What makes this case unusual is the fact that the perpetrator was an intelligent, family man who lived in a well-to-do village in an area close to the Swiss border. He and his wife were familiar and valued members of their community and could afford to send their two children to a private school. They enjoyed the good things in life like fine food in expensive restaurants and going to the opera etc. Jean-Claude Romand was, to all intents and purposes, a successful man who was known to his family and friends as an influential and respected doctor who worked as a researcher for the World Health Organisation. But, as this book reveals, his life was a sham. For 18 years he lived a lie - and got away with it. However, in January, 1993 his bubble burst and he went on a killing spree....
The author, Emmanuel Carrere, has written an unnerving book which gives a really good insight to Jean-Claude Romand and the fantasy life he created for himself. Romand's lies were in fact so convincing that he appeared to believe them himself! It is suggested by some that he suffered from Narcissistic personality disorder - maybe this goes some way towards explaining his double life, but it really doesn't scratch the surface when it comes to understanding why Romand would resort to planning, then methodically killing, members of his own family. At times, this makes for uncomfortable reading but it's compelling all the same.
So fed up with this. They don't have to pay for paper or ink of glue to produce these books. All they have to do is drop them correctly into the relevant software. If they can't get tat right they have no business charging anything other than the author's royalty fee.
As for the book itself, it is interesting, well-written, very very flowery, grandiose and French. Although the author ultimately expresses his distain for the murderer, there is an awful tendency throughout (among the characters described and to some extent on the part of the author) to go along with the idea that the murders were some sort of tragedy that befell the killer, rather than an appallingly controlling and selfish atrocity committed by him.