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by The Dome Press, 19 October 2017. ISBN: 978-0-9957-5101-9 (PB)
is a tough cop in Amiens, Picardie, France in 1964. He is called to the
discovery by a local farmer of a man’s body in a ditch on a very secluded
road. Apparently, the man has been stabbed in the side of the neck.
as a long-time city cop had resented being sent to this backwater as part of a
scheme to expand crime prevention techniques set up by the Ministry of the Interior.
He thought there would be nothing to do but has found that under the bucolic
innocence was as much violence and criminality as in the city. He has
established himself, made several friends in the service and is happy to escort
his elderly neighbour to a hospital appointment.
is asked to provide security for a visitor from Africa who insists on living in
an unsuitable house. At the same time Rocco is informed of a threat to
his own life being made by a French criminal gang leader. In connection
with this threat Rocco investigates the fates of several other cops who had
been targeted while aware that he, himself, is probably being stalked by the
development of events around the African politician, the investigation of the
murder on a country road and the attempt to find the potential assassin keep
Rocco very busy. He is a resourceful and effective operator in these
is a well told tale with interesting characters, particularly the eponymous
detective and an unusual setting.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is the sixth in a series which began with Death
on the Marais. Adrian writes several other series.
Adrian Magsonis a
freelance writer and reviewer, the author of 22 crime and spy thrillers, a
writer's help book, a YA ghost novel and 2 collections of short fiction.
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
& the USA
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.