A teenage girl has been murdered in the sand dunes just outside the house of Dr. Peter Hamilton. The victim is his daughter. Among those looking on as the police investigate is 17-year-old neighbor Amy Lund, a gifted, home-schooled student almost certain of admission to Harvard. Yet she has a secret – and is torn between keeping quiet about what she knows and divulging information that would destroy her own reputation. It does not help that she is in love, from afar, with a boy who was seeing the murdered Hamilton girl, or that she could implicate him in this seemingly random murder.Paul Micou is the author of eight novels, among them The Music Programme, The Death of David Debrizzi, The Leper's Bell and, most recently, Confessions of a Map dealer. He lives with his wife and two children in Provence.“Mr. Micou writes with an unfailing comic sense... He has a smart, brisk style... ...