The first body is that of a university archaeologist, Christine Autran. Dead before she was thrown into the sea, she is found washed up on the coast of Marseille.
The Second is the butchered and mutilated body of Helen Weill. Next to her corpse in ochre paint, is the print of a three fingered hand.
Only Commandant Michel de Palma makes the link between the the deaths and Le Guen's Cave, the nearby underwater site of some of the oldest cave-drawings known to man.
Deliberately and alone, de Palma pursues a crazed killed and a mystery that dates back to the Ice Ages.
About the Author
Xavier-Marie Bonnot has a PhD in History and Sociology, and two Masters degrees in History and French Literature. The First Fingerprint is the first of a quartet of De Palma novels and has won two literary awards in France, including the Roman Policier Prize in 2002.
the main characters are well-drawn and the sights, smells and atmosphere of the city are vividly evoked - Mail on Sunday.
Series: Commandant de Palma Investigation Ser.
Number Of Pages: 341
Published: 30th October 2009
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.281
Edition Number: 1