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Jacquot and the Angel [Paperback]

Martin O'brien
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2 Jan 2006
In the Second World War, four Resistance fighters are executed by the Gestapo in France's Occupied Southern Zone. More than fifty years later a wealthy German family, resident in Provence, is brutally murdered. When a local gardener is arrested and charged, Daniel Jacquot of the Cavaillon Regional Crime Squad is convinced they have the wrong man. Four hundred miles away, in Alsace, Marie-Ange Buhl knows it for certain. Marie-Ange is a psychic and has 'helped' the police before. She comes to Provence and begins to investigate with Jacquot, and together they uncover a secret that goes back more than half a century, a story of love and betrayal, hatred and blackmail in which his own family had a tragic part to play.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (2 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755322878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755322879
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,895 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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With Jacquot and the Angel, Martin O'Brien continues to build on the promise shown in the vivid and atmospheric Jacquot and the Waterman, a crime novel that established the author as a very individual talent in an overcrowded field. The earlier book was particularly evocative in the passages describing the sultry, down at-heel-port in which all strata of society uneasily coexisted, and the Marseilles setting was one of the chief pleasures of the book. In Jacquot and the Angel, we are into multiple murder territory, with a moneyed German family living in Provence brutally slain in a shotgun massacre. Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot of the Cavaillon Regional Crime Squad is assigned to the case, and finds that there are resonances stretching as far back as the Second World War. Several of the villagers bear bitter memories of wartime atrocities, and this will prove to be highly significant. An enigmatic young woman arrives, and her help in the case appears to offer something of a breakthrough. But what is the extent of her involvement? As the trail is tracked back over the years, Jacquot is disturbed to find that his own family had a key role in the events which so concern him now.

There is more here than a simple police procedural (although those aspect are handled with the aplomb we expect from Martin O'Brien); the personal involvement of his tenacious copper is a key element, as is his relationship with the young woman caught up in the case. But as much as in the author’s earlier work, it's the brilliantly sustained conjuring of French country life that makes Jacquot and the Angel so distinctive. There are an awful lot of literary foreign coppers vying for our attention at the moment, but Martin O'Brien has created one who very much looks like he's here for the long haul. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Daniel Jacquot is on the case again - this time in a Provencal village with a crime going back to the war

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin O’Brien has done it again. 11 Nov 2005
Mr O’Brien has, in ‘Jacquot and the Angel', led us away from Marseilles into the french countryside to the town of Cavaillon and it’s neighbouring villages. The local characters are described in such interesting detail that you feel that if you stopped for a drink at Mazzelli’s in the village square you would know the locals so well that you would feel that you were part of the story. If you are into murder mysteries you are in for a good read. Starting with a multiple murder, Jacquot single-mindedly takes the reader on a convoluted journey, with further murders to muddy the waters. The introduction of the intuitive ‘Angel’ adds the icing on the cake in this his second novel in what I hope will prove to be a long series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jacquot & the Angel 23 Nov 2009
By Roy
Having read all 4 books of the Jacquot series, with 'Confession' still to be read. I have enjoyed all of them but the 'Angel' is chronologically the 4th in the series.
'Waterman' is first, 'Master' second and 'Fifteen' third.
My one niggle is that the publishers have not seen fit to inform readers of this fact as I have read them out of sequence.
The reader loses nothing of the suspense in reading them out of sequence but it puts Jacquot's relationship with Claudine into slight disarray!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OBrien does it again 25 Sep 2005
Number 2 is hot off the presses and Martin again brings us to Jacquot - Mr O'Brien has developed another gripping story that had me on the edge of the sofa till the last.
His characters are very well developed and it was great to see some familiar names appear.
Some great descriptions of the beautiful countryside, you can place youself in Southern France as you read - I could almost feel the Mistral on my face!
The evocative use of the past to bring the present to life is excellent and the use of human traits found everywhere should have led me the outcome - but as in Waterman (O'Briens first novel)the plot was thick with intrigue and mystery. He must be a master of observation to have so many deep characters in his plots.
Jacquot uses all the available help to solve this one and the Angel is key to everything that happens - she is full of the intuition that a French Ingenue would show. If you enjoy Conelly, Rankin or Childs you will love O'Brien.
any chance that we will not have to wait as long for the next one? get typing in that shed
Once again an excellent read and congratulations to the Author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book. 3 July 2006
By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER
I loved this book. It is wonderfully written with interesting characters so well described they all become critical to the story. O'Brien takes several story threads and masterfully weaves them together with elements of pathos into a tapestry of clues, intrigue and the impact of the past on the present. His descriptions of Jacquot's French country town made me want to pack my bag but are also a reminder that small towns around the world are virtually the same. O'Brien does a wonderful job connecting the present to the past. He has a masterfully subtle touch, particularly with the inclusion of the psychic. I anxiously await Jacquot's next case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Martin O'Brien and Jacquot 26 Sep 2005
Jacquot and the Angel finds our hero now in Cavaillon, in the Luberon,away from the bustle of Marseilles,investigating a multiple murder.From the very start the tension is set,the plot unfolding at the agreeable pace of following a river downstream,the twists and turns throwing up characters and possibilities,the occasional white water accelerating the process until the quite brilliantly evocative denoument.This book is unputdownable.Congratulations Mr O'Brien.I just want to know when we see Jacquot again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacquot and the Angel 2 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Inarguably better than Jacquot and the Waterman, which in itself was one of the best debut novels I've read. The Angel concentrates more on plot, has fewer characters and as a result keeps the reader spellbound and unable to go to sleep until the last page is digested.
O'Brien's mastery of local characters and his evident love of the French way of life comes across vividly as you can enjoy vicariously the sinking of many glasses of Pastis in the local cafe while enjoying the goings on in the square.
Great book, this man will be up there soon with all the crime fiction masters and a very worthy member of thatexclusive brotherhood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully written crime novel 6 Sep 2007
A delightfully written crime novel with attractive plot of multiple murders, a wonderful protagonist with unique style and humour, and a colourful scene of French province marrying beautifully the characters with the village life. I found all the chapters related to Jacquot and the plot mystery attention-grabbing. I was unable to put the book down without finishing these chapters and I had to devote time afterwards to absorb the plot and the scenery. However, I found the chapters related to description of the local characters too detailed and unrelated to the plot. I would definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This was Martin OBrien's usual excellent tale of murder and excitement. I found it hard to put down and was sorry when I'd finished it.
Published 14 months ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
This book is rather better than O'Brien's first. The story-telling is more coherent, the characterization more skilled, especially in the minor characters. Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a good fun read with a twist
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. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by rexclick
5.0 out of 5 stars Provencal Murderous Chocolat
There's a healthy dollop of village gossip and mystique to add to the twists, turns and thrills in this book.

However, this should be the THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES!! Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2008 by The Dunelmian
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first!
Not at all easy to follow a successful debut, but O'Brien has managed it with a slightly different type of story, with few but Jacquot himself remaining. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2008 by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Outstanding Sequels!
You know you've found a good author when his 2nd book is as original and as gripping as his 1st. O'Brien's style of writing is very unique and it could have gone horribly wrong. Read more
Published on 18 July 2007 by James Brittain
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
Jacquot the pony tailed French detective is back, having switched his hunting ground from the mean streets of Marseilles to the peaceful village of St Bedard in Cavaillon. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2005 by Felicity Young
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