By Georges Simenon
For 40 years Charles Alavoine has sleepwalked via his existence. growing to be up as a superb boy within the grip of a domineering mom, he trains as a physician, marries, opens a clinical perform in a quiet kingdom city, and settles into an lifestyles of impeccable bourgeois conformity. And but at unguarded moments this version family members guy is haunted by means of a feeling of vacancy and futility.
Then, one evening, weighted down with Christmas offers, he meets Martine. it's time for the sleeper to conscious.
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7 It was finally beginning to sink in that maybe, just maybe, many whites could not allow themselves to see blacks as equal human beings. It occurred to me that this was an idea I had always resisted. I wondered what it would mean if I accepted this notion. ” But, I was beginning to see that if this had not happened there would have been something else. Among most white journalists I spoke to, the suspects’ guilt was not in doubt. Many black journalists, however, questioned the story coming out of the police.
Periodic communiqués from the radio led Richards to pull out of one parking spot and zip around a few corners and park again. Then he would do it again, and again. Finally, Richards found his quarry. It was not a person or persons; it was a picture. Richards screeched to a stop shortly after the car in front of us halted. The whole thing unfolded like a slow-motion scene in a movie. The unmarked police car up ahead had suddenly turned diagonally in the street and jumped the curb to block the passage of a young black male—maybe only in his late teens—walking down the sidewalk.
Act of Passion (New York Review Books Classics) by Georges Simenon