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Martin O'Brien
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19 Nov 2009
Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot has been enjoying the quiet life in a peaceful Provencal 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.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing; 1st edition (19 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848090552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090552
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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.

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"As with his previous novels, O'Brien presents the setting with as much detail as his characters. Leading the reader through the backstreets and alleyways of Marseilles, the author captures the city with colourful descriptions and vivid detail" (France Magazine)

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Martin O'Brien does for Marseilles what Donna Leon does for Venice in his wonderful Inspector Jacquot novels. Now Jacquot is recalled from his sleepy Provencal backwater to the mean streets of the city, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confession is superb 17 Nov 2009
By Hilly
I have never been a great one for crime, the gore gets to me (!) but The Jacquot series have been a revelation. This one is set in Marseilles, and what I love about these books is you get so much more than murders. The descriptions of places, food, people sounds and sights are so vivid, so enjoyable, you feel you are in the little cafes and seedy back-streets. Within the first page I was gripped, if you read it you will know why......Loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jacquot has a Samson time 18 Mar 2012
By Noel
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This is inspector Daniel Jacquot the former French rugby star as you don't know him. Working undercover in Marseilles with his pony tail shorn off. By Jacquot standards this is a gruesome tale. It tells the story of young girls kidnapped from across Europe, drugged and delivered to Marseilles for the export trade in white slaves. The interaction between their captors, who are inconvienced by a dock strike, and one of the local crime families is the meat of the story. Be prepared for some quite graphic descriptions of torture and murder by the saadist thugs. The story will certainly hold your attention.

I felt though that, like Samson, Jacquot's power was shorn off with his pony tail. The unravelling of this case is driven by the 'visions' of the attractive Marie-Ange and without her role everything would have turned out very differently. Perhaps a little bit of the 'supernatural' adds spice to a plot but I think there is an over-reliance on it in this book. It stretched this reader's patience and devotion to Jacquot. Perhaps in the next book in the series Jacquot will be back on home territory, with Claudine, using his brain and intelligence to solve crime rather than the crutch of the psychic revelations of miss Marie-Ange. Let's hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent 16 Oct 2011
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This is the first book I've read by Martin O'Brien and I'm straight back for more. You really feel the sounds, smells and atmosphere in Marseilles, as well as the tension and murder. Great writing. More please!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so sure 22 Jan 2010
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Sorry to be a downer but why on earth did O'Brien take Jaquot back to Marseille? Perhaps selfishly, I'd got to love reminiscing about those little roads, squares and cafes in rural Provence. OK, this is crime fiction and there is more to find in Marseille docks let's face it than up in the hills. I did feel though that Jaquot himself, although technically on home turf wasn't what I believe to be 'himself'. I don't think his burgoning relationship is tackled well and I'm afraid I really really didn't like the return of Marie Ange. I simply cannot accept the 'insight' she apparently brings. I wish he'd left her as a one-off.
I wonder if, like me, many read Jaquot for the locale and the atmosphere. [There are, I have to say, better crime novels around.] I have happy memories of Provence, but not of Marseille's docks! And I'm sure many of you know of the up-and-coming Bruno in the Dordogne. Jaquot's been a great trip so far and I hope he bounces back but I do feel this one was a blip.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good author but disappointing plot 20 Jun 2010
I am an enthusiastic follower of Jacquot's series and I was looking forward to a new Jacquot's story. However, O'Brien's last work is unsatisfactory and not good enough to compete with other crime novels. Don't get me wrong, O'Brien is a high-quality descriptive author with creatively vivid illustrations in his writing. The problem with this book is the plot. Marie-Ange's superficial visions are ridiculous while the non-stop killings without police intervention are completely unreasonable and too far fetched. This plot could fit more in the Latin America environment rather than Marseille's environment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jacquot Fan 6 July 2014
By dereath
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As always an excellent story .I'm new to the Jacquot series ----have read all 7 and loved them all . A believable main character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confession from Reuseabook. 3 Mar 2014
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This book came promptly and was, as ever, an excellent read from Martin O'Brien. I cannot understand why his books are not more widely available - it's very hard to find them in a bookshop! The book wasn't in as good condition as I had expected, but Reuseabook's customer service was excellent and they promptly apologised for their oversight and refunded my payment immediately. I would use Reuseabook again, and I am only sorry that I have now read every Martin O'Brien that I can find! Impatiently awaiting another book featuring Daniel Jacquot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keep going, Jacquot 12 Mar 2011
O'Brien's Jacquot is a good creation, someone you want to keep an eye on. However, the series has a few big flaws:
first, the order of the books just isn't right. I don't know why they are listed out of order, but I found that quite disturbing as you keep jumping back and forth in Jacquot's life- the correct order is: J & the waterman; J & the master; J& the 15; J& the angel; Confession.
the second flaw of the series is the widely different quality of the books, with Jacquot & the waterman ranging as the poorest of all; I found it a difficult read and had to struggle to finish. J& the master isn't better; my advice would be to skip the first two books and start directly with "the fifteen" which is a good, fun read and develops Jacquot's character quite interestingly. "The Angel" is also a very strong one, introducing a young lady with special abilities who is an enrichment to the book; as a special bonus we meet her again in Confession.
the third HUGE flaw (I'm french) is the terrible editing on all of the books; there is almost no french expression that hasn't got a mistake in it, and as for the culture..a male called Valentine? the nine o'clock news on TF1? (Valentine is a female name; the news on TF1 are at France, which probably makes it 9 in the UK), and so on..

to summarize: a strong main character, and happily the series keep getting better - but not the editing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading.
Reading all the Jacquot books, I'm in France and can't wait to start downloading and reading number 8. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Carla
2.0 out of 5 stars not very good
I am a big fan of the Martin O'Brien books but this one where Jacquot hunts for a missing girl is poor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Denis Seddon
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much sex and violence, not enough crime novel, no pony tail!
I have read these books in sequence. In this book,maybe the author was advised to include more sex and violence . Read more
Published 6 months ago by bookhead
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First time I have read Martin o brian books but have enjoyed all the Jacquot series so far thanks again
Published 16 months ago by Mrs t Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read
I've become a great fan of Jacquot. I found the earlier novels a little frustrating because of the way new characters were so rapidly and frequently introduced but the author... Read more
Published 18 months ago by PL
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's boycott Amazon
Yes we live in a nasty world where the rich think they are the cats whiskers and the poor, victims of their greed are left to rot. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andrew Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
Another really good read by Martin O'Brien. The Daniel Jaquot series is an excellent collection of books which are well recommended.
Published 19 months ago by Maxwell
3.0 out of 5 stars This is the first Martin O'Brien thriller I have read
The early books in this series aren't published in Kindle so I have come into the middle of the Jacquot stories now that I am doing most of my reading on this wonderful little... Read more
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