The Hanged Man of Conakry

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By Jean-Christophe Rufin

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A minor French official in Guinea must solve the case of a tourist found hanged from a sailboat in this "gem of a diplomatic thriller" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Having grown up in Romania, Aurel Timescu never quite fit in his native France. A former piano player with the disheveled air of a character from between the wars, nobody can understand how he got to be Consul. Now he's taken a position in French Guinea, where he passes his time perspiring, drinking Tokay, and composing librettos. Until, that is, a vacationer is found hanging from the mast of a sailboat.
How did he end up dead, on a mast, on Aurel Timescu's watch? Had his personal life been hanging by a thread? Was he hanging around waiting for love to be reciprocated? Had he been hanging out with the wrong crowd? Had he hung his hat on the peg of some quixotic dream?
A Prix Goncourt–winning author and former diplomat, Jean-Christophe Rufin brings Aurel to vivid life in a novel that "offers razor-sharp insights into cultural clashes in the former French colony . . . readers will be reminded of Georges Simenon, only better" (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
The Hanged Man of Conakry