Set in the South of France, the first in the Jacquot series follows Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot's investigation into a series of disturbing killings, where the female victims are always left submerged in water.
Ex-French National Rugby Squad player Jacquot is a lover of blues, good food and wine.
Disconsalate after his girlfriend leaves him, he plunges himself into the investigation whole-heartedly.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 04/07/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755322862
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Review by baswood
A fast paced well written detective thriller. However nothing here to lift it out of the merely professional. The detective Jacquot is based in Marseilles and while the city is well enough described the culture of: France, the gendarmerie and the quotidien do not come to life. It would seem to me that if you were basing a series of books on a French detective then it is a missed opportunity not to to convey a real feel for the french way of life. It seems to have been written by a tourist rather than a francophile. An example "Basquet went to the drinks cabinet and poured himself a brandy. He winced as the first mouthful burnt its way down scorching the sides of an empty stomach". No self respecting frenchman would drink brandy on an empty somach no matter how stressed he was. This sort of writing is just a bit lazy.I hope I have not laboured the point to much as I did find the book an enjoyable read.