L’Affaire Martin Kowal The Martin Kowal Case
L’Affaire Martin Kowal

Éric Decouty
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A gripping crime novel that takes you straight back to the 70’s and the dangerous links that were formed by Valéry Giscard D’Estaing’s government.

11th May 1976. The Bolivian ambassador is murdered in the heart of Paris. The International Brigades, an unknown extreme left-wing group, claim the attack; causing Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s government to fear an outbreak of violence in France similar to that of the Red Brigades in Italy or the Red Army Faction in Germany. Martin Kowal works for the French intelligence service. His small group of investigators are tasked with tracking down terrorists. Scared and haunted by his past, the agent uncovers obscure manipulations that lie hidden under this assassination, and the involvement of the authorities with foreign intelligence and South American dictatorships. The investigation leads Kowal to the origins of Giscardian politics: the Secret Armed Organisation (OAS) and the old French far right. A state secret that will lead to its downfall.

Eric Decouty is a journalist and writer. He has published two novels, Le Petit Soviet (2021) and La femme de pouvoir (2022). He also writes for theatre. His writing explores the backrooms of power.

  • Published on octobre 5th, 2023
  • 320 pages


« The writing eventually picks up the pace to accompany the growing obsession of this frail inspector who at least grows in professional stature. » Télérama
« The story is exciting and the plot superbly tied together. » Libération
« A fine thriller character set in a carefully reconstructed vintage decor. » Dernières nouvelles d’Alsace