By Yves Ballu

« L’Everest, pour des mecs qui n’en ont rien à battre de l. a. montagne, y’a pas pire châtiment ! »

Basile, un consultant d’origine citadine reconverti en éducateur de rue, les a prévenus. Mais avec une best de a hundred 000 cash à l. a. clé, Freddo, Karim et Kevin qui n’ont jamais mis les pieds en montagne, sont prêts à prendre tous les risques. C’est précisément ce qu’escomptait le président Laurier, sponsor de cette expédition inconceivable. Il espère ainsi venger sa fille Caroline qu’ils ont sauvagement agressée dans le RER.

Pour Basile, il s’agit d’un double problem : ramener les trois voyous sains et saufs, et les conduire sur le chemin de los angeles rédemption par l. a. montagne. Ce qu’il n’avait pas prévu, c’est l. a. rencontre à huit mille mètres d’altitude avec un alpiniste en perdition et les conséquences dramatiques de sa décision... Parfois, les hommes sont plus dangereux que l. a. montagne, automobile los angeles montagne ne connaît ni haine, ni vengeance.

Après deux romans à succès, Yves Ballu, auteur reconnu et primé par tous les jurys de littérature de montagne (Grand Prix de l. a. littérature sportive, palme d’or du pageant de Trente, Prix de l’Alpe, deux fois Grand Prix du salon du livre de Passy, etc.) confirme son artwork consommé du mystery de montagne, un style qu’il a profondément renouvelé au element de devenir une référence en l. a. matière.

Puisant ses ingrédients dans l’histoire de l’alpinisme, les accommodant avec une maîtrise jubilatoire du suspense, il vous emmènera très haut et très loin... et certainement pas là où vous pensiez le suivre, dans ce roman journey à journey drôle et triste, tendre et puissant, étonnant, détonnant.

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Afrormosia – linseed oil, it needed, boiled, not raw. There was nobody. She knew that the television was in the sitting room. She took a step forward, her hand brushing the wall as if for safety. A bookcase. Leather bindings, which required lanolin and neat’s-foot in equal quantities. It was possible, she reflected, that whoever was watching television had not heard her call. And as for the door, perhaps something was being delivered, or the window cleaner may have left it open on his way in. Thus fortified she walked to the rear of the house and into the main sitting room.

He asked, then walked away without waiting for an answer. An hour later, Baird and Angeloglou were in Bill Day’s office for a debriefing. Bill Day was standing at the window looking out into the darkness. ’ Day asked. ‘Nothing concrete, sir,’ said Angeloglou cautiously. ‘I didn’t expect anything,’ said Baird. ‘I just wanted to get a feel for the people. ’ ‘Almost nothing. ’ Day asked sarcastically. ’ Baird shook his head. ‘It’s not good. There was this huge reception a couple of days before. Hair and fibres is a total disaster.

Their teenage daughter was ‘comfortable’ in Stamford General. There was a blurry school photograph that must have been years old, a happy, roundly plump face, poor thing. A large police officer said something about unstinting efforts, a local politician expressed shock and outrage and called for measures. Briefly, I wondered about the girl in hospital, her savaged future. Then the news switched to an obstacle in a peace process somewhere, and very quickly I forgot all about her. ’ They were four deep around the coffee machine, uniforms and suits fighting over the sugar and the milk jug.

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