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A Crime Novel

Jorge Volpi

The Mexican author’s most recent work is based on the fascinating story of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, who was arrested on December 9, 2005 as part of a case involving a well-known gang of kidnappers and the freeing of their hostages. It was later learned that the actual operation had taken place the previous day, and the second operation had been designed as a publicity stunt to improve the image of the authorities and allegedly further incriminate the detainees. Victim or victimizer? The governments and public opinion of México and France would wrestle with this dichotomy for years, until early 2013, when the grisly original operation was considered to have contaminated the legal process, leading the Mexican Supreme Court to order Florence Cassez freed. Volpi’s book may help shed light on this sad chain of events.