It's Always Midnight Somewhere

Original title: Il est toujours minuit quelque part

Author: Lalaury, Cedric

Publication Date:

February 2018



Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Territories Sold

Italy (rights reverted)


Commercial Fiction, Crime & Thrillers

It's Always Midnight Somewhere

Original title: Il est toujours minuit quelque part

Author: Lalaury, Cedric


“An unputdownable psychological thriller.” — Lire

“At last, a rare page-turner like those of great French authors before him.”— SANGFROID

“You’ll be quickly swept away by the plot of this psychological thriller that you’ll want to read in one sitting.” — Le Parisien

“A exciting psychological novel full of impact from start to finish that examines the notions of guilt and of forgetting the past!”— Marianne Kmiecik, librairie Les Lisières, Roubaix

“A good cocktail of suspense and rhythm that enfolds us in its wake.” — L’Instant des lecteurs

“I devoured this book, following the author through the twists and turns of the human mind.”— L’Entre Deux Mondes

“A lot of surprises, suspense, spread-out secrets, and unexpected developments that make one think of the excellent The Truth about the Harry Québert Affair, through all its small final touches. A prize amply merited.” — Caroline Vallat, FNAC Rosny 2

“[I’m] completely addicted toIt’s Always Midnight Somewhere.”— Coup de coeur, Télématin, Nathalie Iris, librairie Mots en marge

“Exciting and very intriguing.” — Betty Nizan, Hyper U, Savenay

“I was captivated, very curious and taken by this psychological novel.” — Passion lecture d’Annick

“An excellent surprise.”— L’Autre Côté des livres

“I really liked this novel, […] where the suspense climbed in crescendo.” — Pinklychee’s Readings Millepages

“His style, his efficient way of teasing suspense and making it bounce off the story is expected of this first novel—even from the first pages, it was difficult to put down.”— La voix du Nord

Addictive, well-written, exciting! — Lydie Zannini, librairie du Théâtre, Bourg en Bresse.

Another very nice surprise from Editions Préludes…. A writer to follow. — Audrey Colin, librairie Tome 7, Paris.

An addictive novel that you won’t want to let go of until you know just where the author wants to lead you. Excellent. — Véronique Bruneau, Cultura Plaisir, Les Clayes-sous-Bois.

The past that resurfaces, an enigmatic writer, the dissolution of a circle of friends, a book inside a book and an east coast American zest for atmosphere. This first [book] deserves some giving. Le Point

Bill Herrington is a happy man. In his fifties, an ideal husband, and a happy father, he holds a position as a professor of literature at a prestigious university. Everything works for the best in the best of all worlds… until the day he finds, in his locker, the copy of a sensational novel published by a mysterious unknown: Richard Philip Kirkpatrick. Not enough to upset Bill.

But one small detail: the novel tells a true story, that of a crime that Bill was persuaded that nobody had ever known about.

This book soon invades Bill’s existence and contaminates everything around him like a virus. His peaceful and comfortable life, as well as his psychological equilibrium, threaten to shatter into pieces under the devastating effect of this vengeful novel that has awakened all the ghosts of the past.

A formidable literary thriller in the line of The Truth about the Harry Québert Affair, carried by a plot worthy of The Secret History and an atmosphere à la Shutter Island.

Marketing Information

  • 15,000 copies sold
  • Detailed English synopsis available on request
  • Winner of the prix Kobo by Fnac-Préludes-Le Point writing competition