In the mood for a noir, pulp-fiction detective story set in the years leading up to WWII? Except in this world, the Communists defeated the Nazis in Germany. Various wildly unpleasant characters have re-surfaced in London, including a down-on-his-luck private eye named Wolf. Interwoven with this outrageous tale is the story of the man who lies dreaming. Simple, straightforward and terrifying, unlike any book I've read in years - or EVER!
Renee is solitary, grumpy and unrefined, a concierge in an upper-class apartment building in Paris. To most of the building's tenants, she's hardly worth noticing. What I love most about this book is the creation of Renee's private world, that of her mind. She's fiercely intelligent, well-read and very refined in her tastes. She hides her inner world from the people orbiting around her. When 12-year-old precocious Paloma takes notice of Renee, a relationship begins. The interactions of Renee and Paloma, and others they bring into their private world, is a satisfying and entertaining journey - with a twist you may not expect.