By Joyce Carol Oates
À los angeles fin du XIXe siècle, au manoir de Glen Mawr situé dans los angeles ville de Winterthurn à l’est des États-Unis, vit l’étrange famille Kilgarvan, composée de trois filles : Georgina, l’aînée, appelée los angeles « nonne bleue », et ses deux demi-sœurs qu’elle élève seule, los angeles sage et studieuse Thérèse et los angeles jolie et fantasque Perdita. À l’aube d’une journée de mai, Georgina s’en va en ville acheter cinquante livres de chaux vive. Peu après, on retrouvera le bébé de sa cousine Abigaïl, venue quelques jours en visite, égorgé près du lit de l. a. mère.
Douze ans plus tard, cinq jeunes filles sont retrouvées mortes, atrocement mutilées, près de Winterthurn. Et, douze ans plus tard encore, c’est le pasteur, sa mère et une de ses paroissiennes qui sont sauvagement assassinés à coups de hache. Chaque fois, los angeles clé de ces mystères épouvantables va être los angeles même : jusqu’où ose aller une femme amoureuse ?
Xavier Kilgarvan mène les trois enquêtes avec verve et ardour et met toute sa vie dans los angeles résolution de ces crimes. Et l’on go well with avec délice les façons de los angeles société du tournant du siècle avec tout ce qu’elle a de suranné et d’hypocrite à strength de bienséance.
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