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Death on the Pont Noir (Inspector Lucas Rocco Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Magson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Nothing else mattered. He’d been cut loose by his bosses and his twisted vision of what had happened saw only one ending: revenge. And that revenge was centred solely on Rocco.

1963, France. A farmer reports a truck ramming into a car near Picardie, followed by gunfire. A group of Englishmen are brought in after a bar fight. A tramp’s body is discovered in a burnt out truck. All this occurring after multiple attempts on the President’s life.

Inspector Lucas Rocco knows there’s a connection somewhere, and is recruited by Colonel Saint-Cloud to assist with the President’s Security. Yet despite all clues pointing to the Pont Noir for the next attempt, both Massin and Saint-Cloud reject his suspicions. Left with no other option, Rocco decides to investigate the situation alone, risking censure by his superiors.

And he must also contend with the lethal response of English gangsters if he should go too far. When the group of Englishmen return to France Rocco finds himself the victim of a set-up, leading to his suspension and investigation for bribery. With no badge, no authority and unsupported, Rocco is still determined to continue his investigation...



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'You have to love Rocco. He is France's answer to Jack Reacher' Crimesquad 'Gritty and fast-paced detecting of the traditional kind, with a welcome injection of realism.'  The Guardian

"Adrian Magson is a classic crime star in the making."  Daily Mail - London

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"Death on the Pont Noir' has a darker feel than the earlier books. Magson provides solid police work, great characterisation and pacy plotting."
Linda Wilson - Reviewing the Evidence

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; Reprint edition (25 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BT9HDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocco a series to watch out for 26 Jun. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is book 3 of the Inspector Lucas Rocco series. I thoroughly recomend it as well as the other three. Following an inexplicable ramming and gun attack on a Citroen DS in the middle of open countryside, and a bar brawl involving a group of drunken Englishmen, Inspector Lucas Rocco finds himself drawn into what has all the hallmarks of yet another plot to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle. But why are Englishmen working for a well-known pair of London gangland twins involved? And who has set fire to an ex-army truck with a body inside? Rocco finds himself once more pulled several ways while attempting to investigate events. But he is accused of taking bribes and suspected of being part of the plot. Suspended from duty, he has little time to stop what could be a disastrous event for France and for his own freedom. Magsun just gets better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death on the Pont Noir 11 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have been waiting ages for this third Rocco book to become available. It was worth the wait. Another superbly written and cleverly plotted book by Adrian Magson. It was a definite page turner which held my attention to the last page. His writing captures so accurately the great things about rural France and its people, and conversely the more sinister aspects of criminals and crime in intensely populated areas in some towns and certain Paris arrondisements. I certainly recommend this to others as an enjoyable and excellent read. Having read one Adrian Magson book, I have wanted to read them all, and I have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A near miss! 21 Mar. 2013
By MickW
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr Magson's ability to write real page-turners is beyond doubt. Maybe it was the magnitude and ambition of this story line - involving an attempted assassination of President de Gaulle - that stretched my ability to 'suspend disbelief' a bit too far or, more likely, the tortuous twists and turns of the plot that made me groan towards the end of the book. But either way, just a bit disappointed.

Not that this will stop me buying the next book in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong series, just got better 8 Feb. 2013
Format:Hardcover
A brave plot. Our intrepid detective stuck in 60s France tackles issues around attempts to knock-off General de Gaule. This is the third outing for our detective and there is much to commend AM as he explores this character and expands the other players in this fiction.

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing; it is descriptive, carries a sense of place and atmosphere and is underlined with a tension throughout the book. It would be wrong to compare with Day of the Jackal a brilliant novel. No, we are treated to life in Lucas Rocco's experience, he is aware of JFK being assassinated and the great train robbery. This is his time and it is wonderfully told by Adrian Magson who is a creative and entertaining storyteller.

This series just gets stronger and Death on the Pont Noir is both a compelling and a gentle read in this popular genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read 18 July 2014
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Maybe the plot stretched things a little with its Day of the Jackal style assassination attempt on de Gaulle, but the book is a cracking read and it is refreshing to read books set in rural Picardie during the 1960s. Rocco gets a rare trip to London to investigate the English men involved in the incidents in his patch, but this sets up a couple of coincidences that I could have done without. Inspector Rocco belongs in North East France not in gangland London, however, the story wraps up everything very nicely in the French countryside. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic story! 16 Aug. 2013
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Great characters, and a rollicking plot that keeps you guessing to the end. Can thoroughly recommend it, something for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Lucas story. 6 Aug. 2013
By blossom
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How does Adrian Magson manage to write in such different styles? I enjoy all of his work & snap them up. My problem is I read too quickly. I do love Lucas & his background. That, plus the people he is associated with & of course the criminals make these stories a pleasure for me. I am in poor health & books are really my escape route..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magson at his very best 11 July 2014
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I've read the four Lucas Rocco stories and this is the one I enjoyed the most. The plot and the protagonists are well drawn and the historical setting adds considerably to the enjoyment. While the characters and the roles they have within the police in France are very different, anyone who has read the Bruno Courreges stories by Martin Walker should enjoy Lucas Rocco.
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