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Extraordinary People (The Enzo Files Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Peter May
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Book Description

The Enzo Files: Book One.

PARIS.


An old mystery.

As midnight strikes, a man desperately seeking sanctuary flees into a church. The next day, his sudden disappearance will make him famous throughout France.

A new science.

Forensic expert Enzo Macleod takes a wager to solve the seven most notorious French murders using modern technology - and a total disregard for the justice system.

A fresh trail.

Deep in the catacombs below the city, he unearths dark clues deliberately set - and as he draws closer to the killer, discovers that he is to be the next victim.

Please note this novel has previously been published in the US under the title DRY BONES, but this edition retains the original title.

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    "In the first breezy installment of a projected new series from Scottish author May (The Firemaker ), Enzo Macleod, a Scottish forensic biologist who lives in France, bets that he can solve an old case with new science. Lonely and bored with his teaching career, the widowed biologist takes on the unsolved case of Jacques Gaillard, a public intellectual with a controversial political career who disappeared without a trace 10 years earlier. With the help of his adored daughter, Sophie, and new flame, Charlotte, a beautiful psychologist trained in criminal profiling, Enzo traverses France and Germany to follow a series of clues that lead to scattered body parts and Gaillard's dangerous killers. Despite some unlikely coincidences, this travelogue-cum-murder mystery makes for a fun puzzle.(Nov.)" --Publishers Weekly

    From the Back Cover

    PARIS.
    AN OLD MYSTERY.
    As midnight strikes, a man desperately seeking sanctuary flees into a church. The next day, his sudden disappearance will make him famous throughout France.
    A NEW SCIENCE.
    Forensic expert Enzo Macleod takes a wager to solve the seven most notorious French murders using modern technology - and a total disregard for the justice system.
    A FRESH TRAIL.
    Deep in the catacombs below the city, he unearths dark clues deliberately set - and as he draws closer to the killer, discovers that he is to be the next victim.


    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1118 KB
    • Print Length: 337 pages
    • Publisher: Quercus (30 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CUE0CX4
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" New York Times

    Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

    - the award-winning Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
    - the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
    - the Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
    and Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK) the latest of several standalone books.

    He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

    One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

    Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

    After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy - The Blackhouse - was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanité. His novels have a large following in France. The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

    The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

    The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013.


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    34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to the series... 17 Sept. 2011
    By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Set in Paris, this thriller from Peter May is the first to feature forensic scientist Enzo Macleod. A Scot now living in Cahors in France, Enzo takes on a bet with some friends that, using new scientific methods of detection, he will be able to solve the mystery of the disappearance a decade earlier of brilliant university teacher Jacques Gaillard. What starts as an interesting intellectual puzzle soon turns into a full-blown thriller as Enzo begins to uncover a conspiracy involving some of the elite of French political and academic life.

    While all the standard elements of the thriller are here - clues, conspiracies, chases, danger - what raises Peter May's novels above the average is the sense of place he conveys, based on what is clearly meticulous research. This book takes us on a journey through France and each place is described with a deft touch that lets us get to know it without being overwhelmed by unnecessary detail. Much of the book is set in Paris and, while showing us the city that any tourist will recognise, May also goes deeper, giving us insights into the workings of the structures and systems that produce the top people in government and commerce. He also uses his fine descriptive writing and eye for detail to paint a vivid picture of the catacombs that exist beneath the city.

    As often happens in the first of a series, it took some time for all the characters to be introduced and for their back-stories to be filled out and this made the early part of the book a little slow. I also felt that sometimes the way Enzo was able to work out the clues in the plot seemed a bit too easy - coincidence came into play a little too often.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful hunt through France 4 Feb. 2009
    By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover
    First Sentence: He finds himself in a cobbled courtyard, breath hissing back at him from buttressed walls.

    Enzo Macleod left his first wife, daughter Katie and job as a career in forensics in Scotland and is now a teacher in Cahors, France and father to Sophie after losing her mother in childbirth. He is trying to reconnect with Katie, now living in Paris and is worried about 18-year-old Sophie and her boyfriend. He has accepted a high-stakes bet from his childhood friend, Simon, now a lawyer, to solve a 10-year-old closed case.

    Jacques Guillard was a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), and an advisor to the Prime Minster when his book on the History of French Cinema caused him to be `instructed' to become an teacher at ENA. Then, he disappeared.

    Now, due to construction in Paris, a tin truck has been unearthed containing a skull and several other items which lead him on a path to other trunks, more bodies and, possibly, his own death.

    This is the first in a new series of Enzo File books by Peter May in which the protagonist works to solve cold cases. There were quite a few characters in the story. While each was distinguishable in their own right, there wasn't as much character development as I'd have liked beyond the protagonist. I did like that Enzo did not operate completely on his own but that others participated in uncovering the meanings behind the clues. I also liked that he wasn't Mr. Macho and occasionally had too-stupid-to-live moments, which added to the suspense.

    The story is interspersed with delightful, humanly comedic scenes. There are a lot of coincidences but the story was engrossing enough that I forgave them. There is a graphic sex scene but it does serve a purpose.
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    45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant read! 20 Jun. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I fell across Peter May with a 65p offer on the first of his Lewis novels and was immediately dragged in to the culture and close community of the island. Here we have a book in a similar sort of vein with a slightly broader canvas for him to paint his story on; France. Knowing some of Enzo's haunts heightens the enjoyment and I must admit to following in his footsteps with the help of Google streets on at least a couple of occasions to help get my bearings. As with his other books, there's always some little known (well, to me at least) piece of cultural or social history which threads its way through the tail. The characters are finely drawn, the places, as mentioned, are well described and precise. An intriguing plot line with several twists makes for a very enjoyable story.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read 22 Sept. 2013
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    Found this book interesting, but not riveting. The main character was appealing and there was a smattering of humour to amuse the reader. May, as usual knew the country and people well and described the locations in great detail. However I felt the plot was pretty far fetched and hard to believe. I also felt the storyline was slow in places and found I was starting to skip pages. Not on a par with the Lewis Trilogy.
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    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Read 2 July 2013
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    If, like me, you are a Peter May addict, then you will have been waiting impatiently for the 'Enzo' series having read the Lewis trilogy and the China novels with huge enjoyment. Extraordinary People introduces us to the Italian Scot Enzo Macleod. In true Peter May fashion, Enzo is a character full of flaws with a complicated personal life, and who is of course an expert at solving murders. I found myself getting to know and to like Enzo very much as the book progressed, as well as loving the beautiful descriptions of France, from someone intimately acquainted with the country towns in the South West as well as possessing a superb knowledge of Paris itself.The plot is good, ingenious, sweeping one along until, on reaching the end of the book, one has become completely hooked and is desperate to purchase the next one! Enjoy :)
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