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Jacquot and the Waterman [Hardcover]

Martin O'brien
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7 Feb 2005

Set in the sunlit port of Marseilles, the first novel in the Jacquot series follows Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot's investigation into a series of disturbing killings- beautiful female victims found battered and submerged in water.

Ex-French National Rugby Squad player Jacquot is a lover of good food, wine and the blues. But this easy going charm hides his razor sharp eye for detail.

So after his girlfriend leaves him, the French sleuth is free to plunge himself whole-heartedly into the investigation - one that is to lead him into much darker and murkier waters than he could have imagined.

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  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,045,850 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.

Following a raft of would-be writer's jobs (short-order griddle-chef, waiter, cocktail barman, removals and demolition man), Martin joined Condé Nast Publications 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 about hookers and whorehouses around the world ("A classic among travel books" - Auberon Waugh, Books & Bookmen), 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 thrillers under the name Jack Drummond ("Big, high-pitched disaster novels don't come much more thrilling than this" - The Daily Mirror).

Martin's books have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Russian, Turkish, and Hebrew. He also writes stand-alone e-books, the first of which, Lunching The Girls, is now available for download.

His latest book, Knife Gun Poison Bomb, is Jacquot's eighth outing, and a first-draft follow-up - Talking To The Sharks - is nearing completion.

After more than thirty years on the road, Martin lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, two daughters, and a spaniel.

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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.

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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.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 17 Jun 2005
By Karyann
Jacquot and the Waterman by Martin O'Brien proved to be an exciting crime novel. Mr O'Brien has a wonderful way of telling the story, enticing the reader to follow him with his imaginative characters, deep into areas of the city of Marseilles that he obviously knows very well. His hero, a detective with an unusual background, is so vividly portrayed that you are drawn along with him in his passion to find the truth while being thwarted at every turn by both his colleagues and adversaries. It is a complete change from his very unusual first book and in Daniel Jacquot he has given us a hero who I am sure will become a firm favourite through a series of adventures in many books to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With the Best 17 May 2007
I have a special shelf on my bookcase at home. It contains some of the best authors and my favourite books on there. O'Brien's Waterman has just lodged itself snugly onto that shelf. I bought it out of a recommendation by a friend, and now I can't wait to buy the sequel in Jacquot's fantastic adenture! One of the best reads in quite a while.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping thriller set against a superb backdrop 26 July 2006
By Hilly
I bought this story as a back up book on my way through Heathrow. Wow what a good find!! The story itself is a hot, gripping, claustrophobic tale, set against Marseilles. I was drawn into Jacquot (the Detectives) world chasing a sadistic murderer through the back streets of the city, always against the clock. I loved it. The ending is totally unexpected and left me anxious for more from this author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative 15 Jun 2005
Jacqot and the Waterman is proof of the pudding that a succesful crime novel does not need the cliched "gritty realism" and muscle bound one dimensional characters to succeed. While it does contain exciting action scenes and an interesting mystery, its main strength lies in the way the story is told, especially the evocative description of the city of Marseilles, its sites, tastes and smells- testimony to the author having spent many years as a travel writer. As for Jacquot, he is an engaging hero, appealing in his vulnerability, with plenty of room to develop through his many (I hope) adventures to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but an odd ending 23 Feb 2014
By tpryan
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It takes a while to get going but this story evokes Marseilles very well and Jacquot is a likeable character. It keeps you guessing and there are some interesting side-turns although maybe too many characters (like others, I wasn't sure what the American journalist brought to the party) so you often find yourself forgetting that x is y's mistress and not the gardener or a colleague mentioned once a hundred pages back. And the abruptness of the ending is strange to say the least But for all that I enjoyed it enough to give Jacquot another go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a series 21 May 2012
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I have just purchased the complete series featuring Chief Inspector Jacquot, and having read this, the first of the series, I am looking forward to reading more. There are some problems with this book though. It is too bitty for me, lots of short chapters, a couple too many characters (eg the journalist) who don't add much to the story, maybe an extra strand of plot too much, it's almost as if the author is trying too hard. The "mystery" itself is a tad obvious and there are some plot inconsistencies but I am willing to forgive all this as the characterisation is top notch, the description of Provence and its callanques exquisite and the dialogue crisp and effective.

On the whole the advantages outweigh my, perhaps picky, criticisms and as a curate's egg there are many more good "bits" than bad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 7 Mar 2005
What an excellent read! Had me gripped to the last page - for a first novel, Mr O'Brien has certainly excelled himself. Daniel Jacquot is a smooth, French, ex-rugby playing Detective and I would defy any woman not to fall instantly in love with him!
The plot was well researched and the authors' knowledge of Marseilles is second to none. I am now planning a trip to the Underwear shops and am expecting Jacquot to create interest in Marseilles in the vein of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code!
I am expextantly awaiting Jacquot and the Angel!! - hurry up Mr O'Brien!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another good read! 7 May 2013
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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!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-plotted thriller
Daniel Jacquot is an ex-rugby player with a glittering career behind him, having achieved national fame scoring the winning try in a Five Nations final. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Marie
1.0 out of 5 stars just skip it
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
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
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by Noel
4.0 out of 5 stars A good first novel
I read a lot of crime and I'm very fond of France, so this book looked like a good bet. I came to it fresh from one of Martin Walker's Bruno novels (The Dark Vineyard) and I was... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars BIEN FAIT
Jacquot works for me - an authentic and believable protagonist - great local colour and a credible plot. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by P. Fraser
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start
This book starts off well, with a wide cast of characters who are introduced effectively, so that you can tell them apart and understand their connections with one another,... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2007 by Movie Buff
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a mystery at all
Although it seemed promising, the book tries to be both a thriller and a mystery. Sadly failing in both. The plot's convulated and there are far too many walk in characters. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2007 by Miran Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars If you see it at the airport - buy it
A brilliant read which keeps you gripped from the first pages right through to the end. Difficult to put down once you have started. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2006 by N. Laing
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