A fiendishly constructed “French-style Borgen” in the wings of a presidential election.
2nd May, an electoral debate: the President, Jean Debanel, comes out on top. But at 10.30 pm he pronounces a disastrous sentence, sabotaging his chances of re-election in the space of a few seconds. Chrystelle Knox, a 23-year-old freelance journalist starts investigating his last six months.
October: the rot set in. Pressurised by unfavourable polls, President Debanel is saved in extremis by a masterly speech in favour of minorities. Who wrote the speech? Officially, the President’s wordsmith, David Joli, an underling at the Ministry for Education. But, struggling for inspiration, Joli had used the work of one of his students Julien Le Dantec, without his permission. When Dantec realises, he puts a price on his services.
A contemporary fable about the political elite in which everything is fiction, but almost everything is true…
A long-time investigative journalist for television and the press, Virginie Roels is Publication Manager of Causette magazine. Poisoned pen is her first novel.
Quelques secondes qui brisèrent sa carrière ; jamais humiliation ne fut si foudroyante. Dès cet instant, nous fûmes des centaines de journalistes cherchant à savoir ce qui s’était passé. La chance voulut que je sois la seule à avoir identifié l’objet de son effroi : le jeune au sourire de Joconde. »
Une fable contemporaine sur la classe politique, où tout est fiction, mais presque tout est vrai… Un roman inventif, brillant et audacieux.