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by Head of Zeus, 5 November 2015. ISBN 9781784971724
Football is the raison d'etre here and Philip Kerr
is obviously a fan of the game.Like
Dick Francis with horse racing he weaves his mystery into a background that he
knows and loves - the beautiful game.His depictions of Paris, Shanghai and the Caribbean are very evocative
especially within the rarified wealth of football.Not that Philip Kerr is uncritical of
footballing wealth and excesses!
Manson, our protagonist is a British black football manager who is
unemployed.Don't visualise him as poor
and debt ridden, though; he has a wealthy background and is clever and
cultured, with the ability to speak several languages fluently.He is very attractive to women.He did have some hard experiences such as a
period in jail after a rape accusation.
is employed to find a Barcelona player who is valuable to the club and has gone
missing on a holiday to Antigua.The
footballer in question actually comes from Guadeloupe very near to Antigua.Scott is an interesting investigator and his
search, combined with other issues that he deals with, makes an exciting
not a football fan and therefore I felt that a lot of clever comment on
football went over my head; some comments about it I could follow but a real
fan of soccer would get a great deal more out of a cleverly wrought book.One other comment - the book is described on
the title page as a thriller but I would not say that describes it well.It is a book about a private investigator investigating
a mystery steeped in professional football - even the title is a football
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is the second book in the Scott Manson series.PhilipKerr has also written the
Bernie Gunther series and a number of stand alone mysteries.
Philip Kerrwas born 22 February 1956 in Edinburgh. He was
educated at Stewart’s Melville College and at a grammar school in Northampton.
He studied at the University of Birmingham from 1974 to 1980, gaining a
master's degree in law and philosophy. Kerr worked as an advertising copywriter
for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time
writer in 1989. A writer of both adult fiction and non-fiction, he is known for
the Bernie Gunther series of historical thrillers set in Germany and
elsewhere during the 1930s, the Second World
War and the Cold War. He has also written children's books under the name P.B.
Kerr, including the Children of the Lamp series. Kerr has written
for The Sunday Times, the Evening
Standard and the New Statesman.
He is married to fellow novelist Jane Thynne;
the two live in Wimbledon, London and have three children. He
is a life-long supporter of Arsenal.
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction has been
a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands &
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.