- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (7 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755322843
- ISBN-13: 978-0755322848
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.2 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,637,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jacquot and the Waterman Hardcover – 7 Feb 2005
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O'Briens evocation of the hot vibrant and seedy French port in which everyone seems to be a either a cop or a criminal, and sometimes both, is as masterly as Ian Rankin's depiction of Edinburgh (Daily Mail)
An atmospheric and enthralling debut (Lancashire Evening Post)
Murder, mayhem and the seedy side of Marseilles make for a mesmerising mix (Northern Echo)
`Well-drawn, strongly flavoured setting in Marseilles...with grisly forensics offering vital clues as to the nature of the crime while skilfully concealing the whodunit...Rich, spicy and served up with unmistakeable relish` Literary Review
Exotic and different...This debut novel is exceedingly well written and entertaining (Huddersfield Daily Examiner) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A wonderful book for the francophile, it is not only a gripping detective story but also a highly atmospheric novel, bursting with warmth and wit.See all Product Description
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One thing I do enjoy is the amazing places and people in Marseilles that O'Brien leads you to. I also have an astonishing love for rugby murder-mysterys. Daniel Jaquot is the perfect fusion of both.
On the whole the advantages outweigh my, perhaps picky, criticisms and as a curate's egg there are many more good "bits" than bad.
I found this to be a really solid, well-written thriller. It started slowly and took me a while to get into it, but after about the 100-page mark I was gripped. The whole thing is meticulously plotted with a large cast of supporting characters, and O'Brien takes the time to develop even minor players and give the reader a real insight into their thoughts and behaviour. The narrative is made up of fairly short chapters that flit back and forth between different locations and characters. This ensured I stayed engrossed throughout, as I was constantly wanting to read 'just a bit more' to find out what would happen in my favourite plot strands. Martin O'Brien spent a number of years as travel editor at British Vogue and I suspect he may have spent a decent amount of time in Marseilles to paint such a vivid picture of the city with its lively seafront and seedy underbelly.
Aside from the slightly silly tagline on the cover (WHO says drowning is easy?!! They are wrong!) the only real quibble I had with this book was with the ending. It initially seemed really abrupt and something of a cop-out - the author seems to have spent so much effort building a complex back-story with multiple plot strands and much of it is irrelevant to the final solution of the mystery.Read more ›
The two books are very different. With Walker, you get a gentle pace and not very much of an attempt at verisimilitude, just a sort of Francophile homage to an idealised version of France - which I enjoy very much. O'Brien's Marseilles, on the other hand, might be any coastal city: there seemed little sense of place. His situations are grittier, the crimes more brutal, but the characters have the same mixture of cliche and depth.
I found the book rather ran out of steam towards the end (and I wonder of the editor did, too: all of a sudden I noticed a deluge of Americanisms (for example, a drink called "bourbon and branch", the term "busboy", the phrase "Paul had likely fathered the child") which hadn't generally been the case earlier in the novel). And the denouement was something of a cheat, appearing to have been rushed and tacked on.
I had the distinct impression that O'Brien was enjoying exploring his craft, and that he would be helped by good intelligent editing. I intend to read more by him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It may not have helped to take weeks to read this book, but that's perhaps a gauge of how much I enjoyed it; it rarely made me want to pick it up and felt like a chore to read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by RichardEDSmith
I have now collected most of Jacquot and have enjoyed all, not a bad one yet.Published 15 months ago by Gerry Mullen
I haven't yet read a Martin O'Brien that I didn't enjoy. They are always edge-of-the-seat reading and really enjoyable. the book arrived before I specked it, too!Published on 7 May 2013 by Bookworm
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
I read this book - out of order, after reading three of the later books in the series.
This one did not do it for me, I am afraid. The weakest of the four, I think. Read more
Jacquot works for me - an authentic and believable protagonist - great local colour and a credible plot. Read morePublished on 13 April 2010 by P. Fraser