Picardie, 1963. A truck drops a group of illegal workers by a deserted stretch of canal in the dead of night near Poissons-les-Marais, desperate travelers in a pipeline, searching for a better life. Days later, one of them surfaces, stabbed to death.

For Inspector Lucas Rocco, finding the victim’s fellow travelers presents problems. Most Algerian immigrants are welcome, but traveling for any who aren’t is a sensitive issue loaded with threats of civil unrest – something which terrifies his bosses in the Ministry. And when Rocco is ordered to stay away from one factory where he suspects illegals are employed, it goes against everything he knows.

Do you enjoy a good mystery? Want to join a book club but can’t make the meeting commitments? Why not join our online club, itsamysterytome. Each month there will be a new mystery novel to read, copies available from the Wollongong library service. Then just visit our bookclub blog through the link on our library page and comment on the monthly selection.  It’s that easy! Why not start the New Year with a new reading experience!