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Blood Counts: (Jacquot 6) [Kindle Edition]

Martin O'Brien
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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"Chief inspector Jacquot of the Marseilles police is fast becoming one of my favouite fictional cops. He is aided by O'Brien's great sense of place and intrigue and this time it's personal" (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)

"O'Brien's evocation of the hot, vibrant and seedy port in which everyone seems to be either a cop or a criminal, and sometimes both, is as masterly as Ian Rankin's depiction of Edinburgh" (Daily Mail)

"A wonderfully inventive and involving detective series with vivid French locales creating the perfect backdrop. Jacquot is top of le cops" (Daily Express)

"Well-drawn, strongly flavoured setting in Marseilles ... Rich, spicy and served up with unmistakeable relish" (Literary Review)

"Martin O'Brien creates a sexually-charged atmosphere that is as chilling as it is engaging" (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot of the Marseilles police doesn't know it yet, but someone is after his blood

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848090587
  • Publisher: Preface Digital (4 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045U9HLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in South Devon, educated at The Oratory School, and at Hertford College, Oxford, Martin O'Brien lasted five days as a graduate trainee with an American investment bank before leaving the City to pursue a career as a writer and journalist.

Following a raft of would-be writer's jobs (short-order griddle-chef, waiter, cocktail barman, removals and demolition man), Martin joined Condé Nast Publications as a copy-sub and later became Travel Editor at British Vogue, a position he held for a number of years.

After leaving Vogue, he wrote a book about hookers and whorehouses around the world ("A classic among travel books" - Auberon Waugh, Books & Bookmen), and freelanced as a travel and life-style writer for a number of international magazines.

When marriage and fatherhood put an end to his travelling days, Martin settled down to write the Daniel Jacquot detective series ("Rich, spicy, and served up with unmistakeable relish" - The Literary Review), and straight-to-paperback thrillers under the name Jack Drummond ("Big, high-pitched disaster novels don't come much more thrilling than this" - The Daily Mirror).

Martin's books have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Russian, Turkish, and Hebrew. He also writes stand-alone e-books, the first of which, Lunching The Girls, is now available for download.

His latest book, Knife Gun Poison Bomb, is Jacquot's eighth outing, and a first-draft follow-up - Talking To The Sharks - is nearing completion.

After more than thirty years on the road, Martin lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, two daughters, and a spaniel.

www.martin-obrien.com

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jacquot yet 24 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
"Blood Counts" sucks you in from the very first paragraph and it was only sheer tiredness at the end of the day that forced me to put it down. I picked it up again as soon as I woke up.

I've read all the Jacquot novels and each book has improved on the previous one. This one is pacy, descriptive, consuming and you can smell the wild origani of the south of France. There is no predictability here and you're kept on tenterhooks right to the end with some nasty surprises.

I'd recommend this to anybody, young and old, because as soon as you've read it you're going to want to buy the previous five. Fantastic value for those who love a good detective novel and this particular detective drinks Calvados in the mornings (very French!), smokes, enjoys a joint from time to time and has a really interesting girlfriend. He solves cases too. This is not a dull man.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form! 14 Nov 2010
By Jeff VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must admit I didn't much care for the previous Jacquot book which just happened to be based totally in Marseilles. Perhaps it's no coincidence that this one, most of which is set around Cavaillon, is much much better. With the word 'vengeance' on the cover and the word 'Corsica' on the second page, you get the idea of what's to come and although much of it is predictable, I found it engrossing and finished it in three days. My wife says if I read a book upstairs and downstairs, it must be good! I do maintain there are better crime writers around but you do get a bit fed up with the hard-drinking, divorced, angst-ridden British detective after a while so it's good to go back to one who sits outside a small cafe with a ciggie and a drink - for breakfast!!! And then sits outside in the garden with a glass of something cold, insects buzzing, the sun going down over the Luberon. You're there!! Great stuff - I long for more. If you haven't tried Jacquot yet, you're missing a well-kept secret.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Dying Minutes (Jacquot 7)was my introduction to Martin O'Brien's detective series set in the south of France. It's one of those where I enjoyed the whole journey from beginning to end, not wanting the book to finish; the quality of the writing rich and descriptive, the characters well-developed and real, the plot carefully constructed and delivered, the sense of place atmospheric and the scattering of delicious sounding food dishes - all made this a pure joy to read.

On finishing the book I immediately purchased Blood Counts (Jacquot 6) but was worried it might not be as good as The Dying Minutes. And so I delayed reading it. But I had no reason to worry at all - Blood Counts is every bit as good as The Dying Minutes. I read it in a few days and went straight to the Kindle store to find that most of O'Brien's Jacquot series are less than £3 (at time of writing). So I bought the ones I hadn't read and have started the series from the beginning, with The Waterman.

And it looks like O'Brien's writing is consistently excellent as The Waterman is a pure joy to read too.

I have to say that the Jacquot series is one of the best in crime fiction I have read and can only wonder how I haven't discovered these books when they were first written.

All Highly recommended!

Here are the books in order but you're not spoiling anything by reading them out of order. I certainly haven't.

The Waterman (2005)
The Master (2007)
The Fifteen (2008)
The Angel (2005)
Confession (2010)
Blood Counts (2011)
The Dying Minutes (2012)

Now looking forward with excitement to the 2013 Jacquot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastique! 14 Nov 2010
By Tel
Format:Paperback
Martin O'Brien just gets better and better. If you have never read any of his books, read this one and you will be totally hooked! After the first few pages, you are drawn into Jacquot's world and find yourself soaking up every little detail. Martin continues to develop his characters and never fails to please. I found it hard to put this book down and it could possibly be his best yet. When you get to the end, you just know it's not the end but the beginning of the next instalment - the closing line leaves you wanting the next book......NOW!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 4 Aug 2011
By mrs
Format:Paperback
As soon as you start reading you are there, the writing is so good you are actually in the story watching the action. the chapters are quite short which is helpful if you are a bedtime reader like myself and want to finish a chapter before sleep, although I fought off the sleep as long as I could. The story is so gripping that at times I have caught myself shouting No!out loud. cant wait tor the next
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5.0 out of 5 stars O'Brien seals a corker 14 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
I always look forward to the release of a new Jacquot, and Blood Counts is no disappointment. Pacy, energetic, direct yet with more hidden turns than a B road through the Cevennes. I love the occasional culinary respites that immediately make you rush towards the store cupboard. Jacquot is the thinking man's king of cool, the gendarme's answer to Mikael Blomkvist. A first rate read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Counts by Martin O'Brien 29 Aug 2011
By Juli
Format:Paperback
I have to admit my bias as I really enjoy Martin O'Brien's Jacquot books. I've read them all. The way O'Brien evokes the Luberon and Provence, both in landscape, food and smells takes me right there .. one of my favourite places. That said, I couldn't help a little impatience with Jacquot for taking so long to make the connection between clues. He's the Chief Inspector, not me! However, it's a really good read and I did enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jacquot seies
Great read from beginning to end Jacquot a first class detective such an interesting character . Have loved all the Jacquot stories
Published 5 months ago by dereath
4.0 out of 5 stars Rugby hero
I always enjoy the Jacquot books even though they are all very similar, lots of deaths but quite light reading at the same time
Published 7 months ago by F. Whitham
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I hate Amazon
Because they don't pay proper taxes in UK. I pay tax on my pension which is relatively small so the least this megacompany could do would be to pay their fair share of taxes. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andrew Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, logical police (French) procedural.
All the Jacquot books are well written and interesting. I was upset that one of my favourite characters was killed off!
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaquot a bit behind the game
This is a great series of books set in the Luberon region of France. The pace and style of life is described so well that reading a Jacquot book is like returning to your... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Noel
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Counts
I've read quite a few books by this author and like his style. The Jacquot series is set in the South of France, which I like.
Published 23 months ago by quad1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb story
Excellent plot,writing,and tempo. Martin O'Brien never fails in the Jaquot series. I only hope there are more to come very soon.
Published on 11 Dec 2012 by Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars High marks for a well-written crime thriller
Thanks to Amazon.UK reviewers who recommended this book (not available yet in the U.S.) Interesting context, fine characters--especially the protagonist, Chief Inspector Daniel... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Blue in Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece.
Another sizzling mystery from Martin O,Brien, well worth waiting for. He gets the flavour of the southern French countryside so well, and his characterizations are well thought... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Rosemary Bedell
2.0 out of 5 stars Plodding and predictable
This is detective fiction by the (primary) numbers. Any reader with half a brain will spot the killers and the link between the murders well before Jacquot, who must be up there... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Sideshow Bob
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