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Jacquot and the Master [Hardcover]

Martin O'Brien
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Book Description

5 Feb 2007

In a sensual region of France, a crime detective like no other...

Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot of the Cavaillon Regional Crime Squad is called to an artist’s retreat in Provence, a luxury hill-top hotel where a young woman, it seems, has been murdered. There are bloodstains, but no body. The mystery deepens as Jacquot begins his investigation. Among the guests are those who have both means and motive, with personal secrets, hidden agendas and their own dangerous liaisons to conceal. Some of these people are very powerful indeed, and none of them take kindly to Jacquot's probing questions. Looming over them all is a celebrated and reclusive artist whose masterworks are priceless, a monster who torments all those who seek to bask in his glory. When a summer storm isolates the hotel, and not one but two bodies are found, passions start to run high…

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (5 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755335031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755335039
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 16.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,596,100 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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"'O'Brien's evocation of the hot vibrant and seedy French port in which everyone seems to be a cop or a criminal, and sometimes both, is as masterly as Ian Rankin's depiction of Edinburgh' Daily Mail 'Well drawn, strongly flavoured setting in Marseilles... with grisly forensics offering vital clues as to the nature of the crime while skillfully concealing the whodunit... Rich, spicy and served up with unmistakeable relish' Literary Review"

About the Author

Martin O`Brien was educated at the Oratory School and Hertford College Oxford. He started his career as a copy-sub, going on to become Travel Editor of Vogue. He left Vogue to write ALL THE GIRLS. After 20 years of living in London, Martin, his wife and two daughters moved to the countryside, where he started to write the Jacquot books...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a 'bloody' good book 5 Mar 2007
martin o'Brien has surpassed himself yet again, his stye of writing provokes such imagery you are transported into the world of which he is writing, a refreshing mix of murder,lifestyle and scenery. the time will pass slowly waiting for no 4
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacqot returns 11 Feb 2007
Daniel Jacquot returns for the next thrilling installment! Having read Waterman and Angel I had fallen in love with Jacquot - now I have read the Master - he has become like an old lover! - I feel familiar in his company yet intrigued to discover how he has grown after our time apart. Just like I expected he has developed wonderfully - I am suitably jealous of his latest relationship, but it is his skill in solving crime that fascinates me most.

O'Brien has done it again and like a good Petrus - it gets better with age. As always O'Brien paints a perfect picture of Southern France and gently leads you into the plot - this one being unusal as there was a crime scene, but no body! He then takes you on a meandering journey and without you realising you are fronted with many differing viewpoints and want to read till the end in one sitting. I certainly had to keep an open mind as my suppositions on the killer seem to change with each chapter. I was sure that I had solved this one before Jacquot, but once again there was a great twist in the final part of the book and I was proved wrong.

This one in particular would make a great movie.

As a fan of Rugby (Jacquot was a great player) I am waiting eagerly for the next book - tipped to be about the glorious game! - get writing O'Brien, I am waiting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful return for Jacquot 26 Feb 2007
In this third book in the Jacquot series Martin O'Brien has come up with another winner.He beams us in to an idyllically alluring provencal setting,imbues us with the taste and smell of michelin starred food that you could eat off the page,and intrically weaves a tale of foul play that never errs toward the edge of plausibility and has more twists than a trayful of martinis.Jacquot has the ethos of Morse,the guile Maigret and the cool of Bullit.I can't wait for number four.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The third in the Jacquot series 31 Jan 2007
O'Brian's descriptive power is superb. My stomach began to rumble as the smells of Provence leapt out from the pages. As the plot twisted and turned from the beginning I was for once willing the flight to last another hour. If you see it buy it without hesitation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful detection. 15 Mar 2014
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carefully woven plot lines with lots of relevant detail in an area of France which I like .Gripping reading which draws the reader on.Not to be put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Rather like the first book in this series there is a lot of preamble here, setting the scene, introducing the characters etc, and while this is done in an interesting and compelling way, it does mean that the "mystery" element does appear somewhat perfunctory and hurried at the end. That is not to say that this isn't a good book, it is. The descriptive passages are very interesting and the interplay between the characters is done very well, so as a "novel" it works, it's just that it isn't much of a "policier". To succeed in this regard would need some judicious editing and a bit more action or at least detecting, which I am given to understand does occur in the later volumes so I am more than happy to persevere with the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jacquot the master detective 12 Jun 2007
By debs
Transport yourself into the sensual, rural hills of Province. Imagine meeting a charismatic, charming Chief Inspector of the regional crime squad. He's the Mr. D'arcy of today. Jacquot is shrewd, sharp with a smooth smile. Enjoy the scenery and cuisine of this region as you join Jacquot in unravelling the most deceptive of crimes. Don't delude yourself, you have to meet the master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin O'Brien has done it again. 4 Mar 2007
Martin O'brien has done it again. His love of France is obvious in this, his latest Jacquot novel, set in Provence. It is here in a luxury hotel, where an ageing artist is living out his life, that Martin brings together an interesting and diverse group of people, each with their own baggage of secrets, agendas and aspirations. The story, with it's twists and turns, pulls you into a book you just don't want to put down but the interesting way the author draws you into his characters makes you want the book to last for a very long time. Here's hoping the wait until book number four is released is not too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
Although, like his first Jacquot novel, rather slow to get going, his descriptives bring the Provence experience alive whilst waiting for the "can't put it down" factor to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scattie
4.0 out of 5 stars A detective who doesn't have the usual hang-ups.
Jacquot comes across as a man you could like, if you met him socially or indeed professionally. He seems to be well-adjusted, likes good food, good wine and if he hasn't got a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by PSR
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacquot and the Master
Delivery, as ever, was prompt and the book was really good.
I have read several 'Jacquot' books now, and not been disappointed in any of them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the first time I had come across this author, and I found this book really good. I was unwilling to put the kindle down until I had finished the book.
Published 9 months ago by goeash
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull read
I found this book too long and too convuluted. Some of the characters were "wooden", stereotyped and unbelievable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Again only need a few words to say I have enjoyed all of these books so far in the series
Published 12 months ago by Mrs t Swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
For any lover of both the French south and crime novels this is an easy read pleasure.Without ladling it on Martin O'Brien does an excellent job of conjuring up images of Provencal... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris Searle
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrated to have bought a kindle
Had I known that Amazon were so immoral I would never have bought a Kindle. It's about time they paid their due taxes like ordinary folk have to do. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Je regrette
Storyline was good but it felt a little too "mannered", too formulaic. None-the-less, I enjoyed reading it, but, je regrette, not as much as I had anticipated.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master by Martin O'Brien
This was the first book by Martin O'Brien I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Easy reading, exciting plot, lots of evocative description of Southern France. Read more
Published 18 months ago by quad1234
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