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La Ville monstre (Le Rocher, 2007)

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Bob Garcia is an engineer. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (class of ‘79). He worked for about ten years in the field of telecoms. But his passion for music led him to a career as a professional musician (on guitar and double bass). He is 53 and lives in Chelles with the mother of his two children. He shares his time between music, writing and speech making. He is very keen on crime stories, popular literature and comic strips. He is a member of 813 (an association of friends of crime literature) and ADH (an association of friends of Hergé) and SSHF (the French Sherlock Holmes society). Bob Garcia organizes events and conferences all year that he takes to schools, media libraries and fairs and participates in radio and TV programmes on the subject on various networks such as FR3, C9, LCI, and RTL.

He has published several novels and short stories and has written many essays on Hergé and Tintin for children and adults and a bio-cum-bibliography of Hergé that will be published in September 2007 by Editions Laurent Debarre. He will also be publishing five further works on specific subjects in the next two or three years at
Editions MacGuffin publishers.

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  • La Ville monstre (Le Rocher, 2007)

A brief summary of La Ville monstre :

Imagine an ancient knife engraved with the name Londinos, the original name of the city of London. Forged at the dawn of civilisation, and passed on from one generation to the next, the weapon will become the instrument of many a bloody human tragedy.
From the druids to the roman invasion, from the Black Plague of 1666 to the anti-papists of 1780, from Dickens’ poor to the Thatcherite neo-poor, not forgetting the WW2 Blitzkrieg, the knife will serve as a thread in a story that explores a city that is sometimes dark and mysterious, cruel and sordid. Bob Garcia intertwines real and imaginary characters such as Judith Dufour, the child killer, Mary Shelley the novelist, and Jack the Ripper. The writer tells an extraordinary tale which hails back to the serial dramas of yore, full of violence, noise, fury and sex. He gives an account of events not found in the official history books and takes the reader on a tour of the seedy parts of London which Lord Byron called the “Monster City”.