Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot has been enjoying the quiet life in a peaceful Provençal village. A former rugby international, who once scored the winning try against England at Twickenham, Jacquot sports a trademark ponytail and loves food, wine - and one woman, artist Claudine. Now, however, he must leave her to go to Paris, where Marseilles Magistrate, Solange Bonnefoy's niece has been abducted. As the trail of violence and corruption leads Jacquot back to the ancient seaport, with its bloody history of slave trafficking, another utterly shocking and unexpected murder sets the investigation galloping in a wholly new direction and Jacquot has to go undercover.
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. After the usual raft of would-be writer's jobs (short-order griddle chef, waiter, cocktail barman, removals and demolition man), Martin joined Condé Nast 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 on hookers and whorehouses around the world (All The Girls. "A classic among travel books" - Auberon Waugh), 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 eco-thrillers under the name Jack Drummond ("Big, high-pitched disaster novels don't come much more thrilling than this" - The Daily Mirror).
Based in Marseilles and the Lubéron, the Jacquot series demands frequent and extended research trips to Provence, a professional hardship Martin suffers with patience and good grace. His latest book, The Dying Minutes, is Jacquot's seventh outing, and a first-draft follow-up is nearing completion. He also writes stand-alone e-books, the first of which, Lunching The Girls, is now available for download. After more than thirty years on the road, Martin lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, two daughters, and a spaniel.
The American investment bank went down in 2008.