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Double Jeopardy

(1993)
A novel by

 
 
In this entertaining, superbly-crafted book, Jean Echenoz exhibits the ease with language and character that has earned him an international reputation as an imaginative, ambitious novelist. His remarkable ability to weave strands of a plot with linguistic grace and wry humor is brilliantly displayed in his latest novel Double Jeopardy.

A dizzying cast of Belgian thugs, dissatisfied Malaysian farm workers, and mutinous sailors circulate among the main characters. Here is Charles, a resourceful and civilized wanderer who calls Paris s metro tunnels home, and Jeff, the cunning manager of a Malaysian rubber plantation owned by a dissolute (and unwitting) Jouvin couple. Friends by fate in their unrequited love for Nicole Fischer, chance brings them together again thirty years later, head-long into a plot involving the smuggling of arms to Malaysia and into the hands of Jeff s relentless plantation workers. Bob and Paul (who happens to be Jeff s long-lost nephew) unknowingly double Charles and Jeff in their pursuit of Justine (Nicole s equally aloof daughter), and are drawn into the plot while dodging the menacing Van Os and his band of small-time criminals. Double Jeopardy is as much an entertaining fast-paced read as a richly textured canvas of language, place, and character. Its appearance is sure to confirm Echenoz s reputation as a writer of international importance.

A fast-paced novel involving gun-running, mutiny at sea, and unrequited love all mixed into "an exceptionally appealing concoction". (Booklist)

    

Used availability for Jean Echenoz's Double Jeopardy

Hardback Editions

January 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: Double Jeopardy: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Echenoz
ISBN: 0-87923-916-6 / 978-0-87923-916-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R Godine
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Paperback Editions

January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Double Jeopardy
Author(s): Jean Echenoz
ISBN: 1-56792-402-6 / 978-1-56792-402-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R Godine
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June 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Double Jeopardy
Author(s): Jean Echenoz
ISBN: 0-8032-6725-8 / 978-0-8032-6725-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bison Books
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