THE ADVERSARY, review
Originally published in French, THE ADVERSARY has been translated into English by Linda Coverdale. The style is simple and uncomplicated.
The only other biography that the author, Emmanuel Carrére, has written is one of Phillip K. Dick, so I’m not sure that Mr. Carrére is the best person to have written this, although his bio states that much of his writing “centers around the primary themes of the interrogation of identity, the development of illusion and the direction of reality.”
For some twenty years, Jean-Claude Romand led a life based on lies. He said he graduated from medical school. He did not. He said he was a researcher at the World Health Organization. He was not.
In January of 1993, in a town in France on the border of Switzerland, Jean-Claude Romand killed his wife, then his seven-year-old daughter, then his five-year-old son. That evening he went to his parents house and killed his own father, then his own mother, who was shot in the chest so she saw what was coming. How can you describe anybody that does this as anything else but a monster, undeserved of life on Earth?
What’s really amazing is how he got away with having a family and no income. He was so “nice” that his family and friends trusted him to invest their money. Instead, it financed his life.
What’s missing in this book is photographs. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a true crime book that didn’t have photos. We need to put images to the names and places! What does this “nice” serial killer look like? Where did he grow up?
If you’re a true-crime buff I guess this would be ok to read. Its just not one of my favorites.
Paperback, 208 pages, Published January 5th 2002 by Picador, ISBN: 9780312420604, edition language: English