This new novel takes a smart and funny walk along the many faultlines of communication, male-female, young-old, French-American, with a plot wrapped around a police investigation in Paris, 2009. Is it murder, or is it not? An American exchange student and his French girlfriend trip into the investigation and its subsets: flashmobs in the Luxembourg Gardens, anti-immigrant rallies by the mosque, arson-by-developer for prime real estate, and an international Nietzsche hacker who steals electronic advertising space to try to get people to think, instead of consume. While the plot skims along, serious issues about Paris today lie beneath the surface, not least of which is the role of the past in the present. Paralysis, or preservation?