I don't know many French authors of crime books, simply because not many of them are translated in English. So I was very excited when I found a gem like this one. Crossing the Line is actually second in the series and I figured that out by requesting the third one on Netgalley. After the third one, I came back for the previous books. I didn't find the first one, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the next book in the series.
The story begins with anatomy class at medical school when a strange message is found in a tooth of a corp. "I was murdered"-it says. Is it a sick student's joke or is there something more going on? The body belongs to a well-known pharmacist who has committed a suicide. But why would someone who is suicidal leave a message "I was murdered"?
Detective Nico Sirsky works on the case. Very quickly he figures out that the pharmacist didn't kill himself. The victim was shot with right hand, but he was left-handed. But why would anyone have a reason to kill a peaceful person who works as a pharmacist?
Nico Sirsky is well described as a main character. He is very devoted to his family, his son Dmitri, his love Caroline, even his ex wife. He respects his Russian ancestors. And as much as he loves his family, he loves his job too. He is very dedicated when he has a case to solve. A case like a faked suicide.
I must say that this book has a really unique start. It starts well, continues with many twists and turn-overs, to finish in most unexpected way. The author brings you on the streets of Paris, makes you attend an anatomy class and introduces you to not just French but also Russian culture. It is my first book from this author, but it definitely won't be the last. The next one in the series is already on my TBR list.
My opinion: 4 / 5.