On April 13th 2006, Freddy Verstuyft, commissioner with Antwerp’s Criminal Investigation Department, takes the high-speed train to Gordes in the Provence to spend the Easter vacation with his good friend and former commissioner Eric Vincke.
On the very day of his arrival, a horrifying murder is committed in the region in which Vincke has set up home. The beheaded corpse of a reclusive resident, an oncologist, is discovered by accident in a remote cave. The investigation commences. Louis Blanc, commissioner with the Police Judiciaire is given charge of the case. He and Vincke have been friends for years and have discussed and solved many a murder case together.
One irritating problem slows the investigation to a virtual standstill: the murder is without a motive that might lead to further clues.
The entire affair revolves around a gigantic international racket in the revolutionary treatment of breast cancer with stem cells, revenge, and Marseille's criminal milieus.
Countless readers will doubtlessly be relieved that Jef Geeraerts has returned once again to the celebrated investigative duo Vincke and Verstuyft for his latest exciting novel Cro-Magnon. Once again, the pair is forced to search for the truth in the most horrifying of circumstances. As always, Jef Geeraerts has clearly prepared the ground for Cro-Magnon with detailed documentation provided – among others – by the French police authorities.
Jef Geeraerts (1930) is one of the top crime writers in the Low Countries. He is adept at combining hard action, an explosive style and a critical perception of society with a gripping narrative technique. The Alzheimer Case was awarded the first Gouden Strop – the highest award for Dutch language thriller writing – in 1986 and a film by the same name was completed in 2004.
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