Lilo Beil - Les Moulins de Dieu / The Mills of God

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Les Moulins de Dieu

Friedrich Gontard, jeune, beau physique, avec un regard mélancolique est commissaire de police et est chargé d'éclaircir le meurtre d'un enfant au Sud de la Rhénanie-Palatinat. Nous sommes en 1957. Gontard, encore traumatisé par la guerre, se plonge dans cette affaire, dans un microcosme qui semble le ramener dix ans en arrière. Pour ce jeune homme issu d'une famille bourgeoise de Francfort, rien n'est assez ouvert et libre. Il en est de même dans le village installé dans un climat de peur. Le suspect du crime devient alors le marginal Otto Straub.
Avec «Les Moulins de Dieu», la première affaire passionnante du commissaire de police Gontard, un mélancolique littéraire enthousiaste d'une famille bourgeoise, Lilo Beil nous emmène dans les années 50, dans la région de sa ville natale, aux environs de la frontière française. Peut-être retrouverons-nous plus fréquemment le sympathique enquêteur Friedrich Gontard…


The Mills of God

Friedrich Gontard, young, handsome, but with a somewhat melancholy look in his eyes, is a Detective Inspector in the Frankfurt Police. His task: to solve the murder of a child in the village of Pfaffenbronn in the southern Palatinate region of Germany. It is 1957. But on his arrival in Pfaffenbronn, Gontard, who is still traumatised by the events of World War II, finds himself in a place where the clock has apparently stood still for 10 years. For the young inspector from an educated middle class family in Frankfurt, nothing in this place seems liberal or open-minded enough. The mood in the village is brewing ominously. The main suspect in the murder is the outsider Otto Straub…
Lilo Beil's novel is set in the southern Palatinate region of Germany close to the border with France. But the murder could have been committed anywhere. Set against the background of life in Germany in the 1950's, the novel presents the reader with a critical portrait of the period, with suspense created by a skilful mixture of historical perspectives and human emotions.
Lilo Beil has previously published four collections of short stories, including "Maikäfersommer", now in its second edition. "Gottes Mühlen" (The Mills of God) is her first crime novel.