Re-enter the ebullient, unpredictable, bizarre world of Belleville. Married on Saturday, Thèrése Malausséne dumps her husband, the ramrod-straight, squeaky-clean councillor, and returns to her own home in Paris's Belleville quarter on Monday ...
day morning. At about the same time, the eminent but jilted husband is found dead and shoeless at the bottom of a stairwell, and a sack of money has gone missing. Thèrése's brother, Benjamin, a natural scapegoat, packs his bag and waits for the police to come for him -- it is no secret that Benjamin's new brother-in-law is his least favorite man -- but it is Thèrése whom they arrest. In addition, Thèrése's fairground caravan has been torched, the work of a homicidal arsonist. The chaotic Malausséne tribe and their exuberant friends slip smartly into gear to scour Paris in search of the bona fide culprits and get their beloved sister out of jail.
The fourth in the Belleville series, following the acclaimed The Fairy Gunmother, The Scapegoat, and Write to Kill.