Rendez-vous demain

Here is the cover for my next novel, to be published by Denoël in Paris, in April 2022. The title in English is Expect Me Tomorrow.

The artist is the French engraver and designer Anouk Faure.

Although much of the novel is set in the 19th century, the events then have a long-term impact on our own lives two centuries later. The title is taken from a remark made in several letters by a petty criminal who called himself John Smith, and is a promise and a threat contained in three words.

Smith (whose real name was never known for sure) was a despicable nonentity, soon apprehended and punished. But there were certain anomalies that surrounded his crimes, and these led, indirectly, to a new way of understanding our world and its future.