Small rolls may not bake Dominique Manotti. The trained economic historian always has the big picture. In “Black Gold” it rolls on, the global oil business is turned inside out as in the seventies. the “cartel of seven sisters” the world market through price fixing and monopolies until then seven business groups controlled. In the sixties, however, a number of oil-producing states had joined OPEC to branch on the agreement of flow rates and the taxation of corporations more money for their countries.
In the spring of 1973 the price per barrel is at about three dollars, but everyone can figure out that it will not remain. In 1980 he would have increased tenfold.
Where to siphon off billions, take greed and self-interest to, and willingness to abide by rules of the game decreases. So Iran swerved from the OPEC strategy to offer to its oil for its own account. Negotiations and deliveries must of course remain secret. For as a company you need specialists, and other circles come quite into play.
About the best networked people who for two decades, with the active involvement of the Mafia heroin from the Middle East through Sicily and Marseille had driven the United States. This “French Connection” has just been smashed, so that the routine currently underemployed drug traffickers could be addressed for new tasks.
Or the ambitious New York commodities trader Michael Frickx who has just made independently to also the monopoly of the “Seven Sisters” attack. Excellent relations around the world (including the Shah) to help him to realize his visions.
he does not know scruples or obstacles. In an emergency, he can rely on discrete professional killer.
A focal point of these developments is Marseille, a juggernaut in transition, where shipbuilding and heavy industry in the downdraft are, grab unemployment and poverty around him, immigrants from the ex-colonies flow to young men only petty crime and Dealing remain as sources of income, while big business is divided by bloody gang wars. The forces of order are the radical change and social problems helpless – who corrupt enough, mixed with self
Here begins Dominique Manottis economic crime in March 1973, right in the middle of the highly complicated complex situation with many players in single combat. or act in the interests of higher powers. Our key figure is Commissaire Théodore Daquin, 27, who now begins his first job after completing the shiny police academy in Paris. Principal Courbet, head of the chronically understaffed Commissioner, takes him warmly, and for the first case under his wing. In the troubled districts Belle de Mai, there has been a shooting left two people dead.
Already at the scene stated Courbet that one could check off the matter confidently: “settlement within the milieu”, “Italian hitmen that already back home are”. Explained later Inspector Grimbert, many years familiar with the conditions and the fairly new colleagues disillusioned, the backgrounds. Where the police arresting bandits (often after betrayal by rivals), it leaves a vacuum around which the Corsican mafia clans fight. So this was the fifth “Billing” in half a year. Eight dead, no marks, no witnesses, no explanation. But who cares already, “if the bandits to kill each other?”
Commissaire Daquin sheared it, no later than the next day, a motorcyclist in front of the casino in Nice executed the prominent sea entrepreneur and former Resistance fighters Maxime Pieri from Marseille. Ten balls have riddled him without his young companion Emily, the wife of his business partner Michael Frickx, one hair would have been curved . The flagship action refers to the five years earlier execution of Antoine Guérini, respected godfather of a Corsican clan, had dabbled heavily in the Pieri before his Reeder activity. Punishment, revenge or warning to the Guérini clan in the battle for control of the casinos on the Côte d’Azur?
Daquin now additionally assumes the determination in Nice, but wants no means to can narrow the favored theory there “billing in the milieu”. Reluctantly it grants the Newbie a fifteen days for its investigation before we will close the file. He quickly notes that Pieris ships sail not only harmless bulk goods across the Mediterranean and that her boss was on the verge of penetrating with billowing sails into new, precarious businesses. What did Emily and Michael Frickx to do with it? Happiness seems the shipping company but not granted, because soon Pieris dies partner, then one of its captains of violent death.
If you head buzz, is not about you other than the thorough investigator Daquin. How could he give as small police officer ‘vision in the vast three-dimensional network that has woven the author – and not pure fantasy but closely based on historical realities? Again and again, new players, new names, new fabric of public officials, government agencies, businesses, organizations and underworld gangs, flying change of location to Istanbul, the history of the Corsican Mafia way back to the Second World War, this policy and intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Africa and to finance Nixon USA, the “seven sisters” and OPEC, stock exchanges, traders, drug and arms trafficking, corruption and black money to dirty wars and terrorists, and the contemporary art market as a money machine. After two thirds of the time (and 264 of the 384 pages) has poor Daquin notice: “All these elements pile up still disorganized on my desk without me behind come, how they fit together.”
“Or Noir” is due firstly to the complexity of the superstructure material. The deeper Manotti spreads the background to the murders, the more confusing is now again the forest, the more abstract the relationships are.
Second, the author cultivated a decidedly reduced writing style, which hardly provides funds for emotions and tenterhooks. It formulates factual, cool and precise, concise and unadorned, largely dispenses with adjectives and descriptions. Continuous Present, simple main clauses and subordinate clauses can scarce as a generating pace and lively impressions on-site report. All this fits very well to clarify intention, but one wishes for talking about as many pages more dynamic and variance.
Third, the role model of Théo Daquin not a sustainable character who was going to the heart. In addition to robust consistency with which he runs through his endless research, without being ever discouraged his homosexuality remains as a prominent feature. In a macho city like Marseille, he’s so hard – just the rumor that he was “a fagot” ruined the reputation of “a bull” thorough here than the accusation that he was corrupt or incompetent. So Daquin lives his passion in secret, but far from unabashedly. Otherwise, it is a plausible but colorless figure -. Not profiled precisely than is required for their switching function
What Dominique Manotti researched economic historical context, presented and has fictional extended, so something is exhausting, yet worth reading. It formulates statements that are confirmed in our day: “In the corporate world there is only one absolute law:. Making money drawn by the legislative boundaries are much more vague they vary by country, depending on the majority stake. is in power. the risk that you received by their transgression is calculated like any other business venture, nothing more and nothing less. and the decision to violate them or not depends on this calculation, not by moral principles. it can it wrong, but that is a miscalculation, no moral misconduct” send their regards VW, the German bank and a few others.