Michel Bussi is the master of the trompe-l’oeil novel. His signature is to lead us from illusions to pretences until the final twist. A geographer by training and a long-time university professor in Rouen, he had a passion for words and intrigue at a very young age. Yet it was only at the age of forty that he published his first novel, Code Lupin. But it was Nymphéas noirs, the most awarded crime novel of 2011, which became a classic, that brought him to the attention of a wide audience. He is now the best-selling crime writer in France.