Paris, France: dark with fog, riots over police killings, and Far Right demagogues.
Here state criminal investigator Stanislas Cassel, grandson of a French propagandist for the Nazis during WWII, works at the Palace of Justice. Ashamed of his family's notoriety, he avoids anything political. Instead he absorbs himself, solving small crimes, which he calls his Little Miseries.
Little does he suspect the shock awaiting him when he investigates the bizarre murder of a pensioner, who seemed to have lived an uneventful life. A story for today's turbulent times. More frightening than when first published.