Black applied the Page 69 Test to Murder in Pigalle and reported the following:
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“Everything’s complicated with all the out-of-towners here for the World Cup.” Madame Pelletier leaned forward. “Here’s a little advice for a woman in your condition...”Page 69 finds us in the middle of a scene at the Commissariat where Aimée’s being questioned by Madame Pelletier, a policewoman in the Child Protective Services Squad. Reading just the page would make you wonder why Aimée, pregnant, has been brought to the Commissariat. Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of Aimée’s local cafe owners, has disappeared and a serial rapist is on the loose attacking young girls in the quartier.
“My condition?” Aimée sat up. Cut the condescending merde, she almost said. “I’m pregnant-not ill.” Apart from morning sickness, cravings for kiwis and cornichons, her swelling ankles and that terror waking her up in the middle of the night.
There’s a back and forth between them while Aimée’s pressing Madame Pelletier to investigate a lead to Zazie she’s found so far, and Pelletier is telling her to back off -- leave it alone, we’ll handle the investigation, you’re in the way. While not representative of the story, it illustrates the background it’s set against -- Paris in the hot summer of 1998 during the World Cup in France -- the city’s got World Cup Fever and a serial rapist has struck again.
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