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The Angel (Jacquot 4)

The Angel (Jacquot 4) [Kindle Edition]

Martin O'Brien
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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A murderous slice of French country life…
When three generations of a wealthy German family are brutally murdered in their Provençal home, Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot heads up an investigation that rapidly turns into one of the most baffling – and personal – cases of his career. After a local man is arrested for the murders Jacquot cannot shift the feeling that there's something wrong, something they've all missed. His suspicions are confirmed when a mysterious young woman arrives in the village claiming a special insight. With her help, Jacquot follows a trail that leads back more than half a century – a story of love and betrayal, hatred and blackmail in which Jacquot's own family had a tragic part to play. (Originally published as Jacquot and the Angel. Long-listed for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year)

Reviews for the Jacquot series

"Well-drawn and strongly flavoured… Rich, spicy, and served up with unmistakeable relish."
– The Literary Review

"French country life has never been so fraught with sinister atmosphere, and it is only a matter of time before readers will be eagerly anticipating each new trip to Daniel Jacquot's France."
– Barry Forshaw, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction

"Well written and compelling. Tight plotting, excellent characterisation and lyrical descriptions mean Jacquot is here to stay."
– The Daily Mail

"A rich, colourful setting... O'Brien truly makes us feel, smell, hear, and see Marseilles. He writes skillfully, and the city setting simply reaches out and surrounds the reader. Definitely recommended."
– Mystery Scene

"Brilliant police procedurals. If you have read any of the books by Fred Vargas then you will certainly enjoy the Jacquot series as well."
– Ayo Onatade,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Publisher: MobukPress (26 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AED1MQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Jacquot stories 16 Sep 2013
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The character of Daniel Jacquot must be one of the best in detective fiction. You don't have to read these books in order, but it might help. I have read them out of order (at first) and now in sequence. The character develops so well that it's hard not to wait for the next story.

If you have ever been to this part of France (Provence / Cavaillon / Marseille) you will find them to be an even better read. If you haven't beyou will be encouraged to go and see for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars French Labyrinthine Intrigue 7 Aug 2013
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Fascinating layers of French rural society are exposed with devious twists of wartime politics, hidden local rivalries and current European affairs mixed into the murderous tale of revenge and old and new scores to settle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plotline 2 April 2013
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I was looking for something in the Bruno/Brunetti/Montalbano genre and this novel worked well for me. Plenty of atmosphere, interesting central characters and something slightly off-beat in the plotline. It did not matter that I had not read the earlier books in the series: you can step right in and enjoy this well-paced novel.

One word of warning to those who (like me) are looking for a new series in which to lose themselves. I liked this book and went on to read the next two in the series (Confession and Blood Counts). These novels are much, much darker than The Angel and contain some truly distressing sexual violence. Good for those who are comfortable with that stuff, but I am more of a "what's he going to have for lunch?" "which hidden piece of history will explain what happened?" "why does his wife/colleague/restaurant owner put up with him?" "why do I live in cold East Anglia?" kind of reader. I was also disappointed that one of the more original and promising plotlines was killed.

So, a good stand alone novel but not representative of the feel of the series as it progresses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jacquot is brilliant! 13 Jan 2013
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I like the way he incorporates French History into his books as inseparable from the culture and events. Have now read all the Jacquot books published and would dearly like some more to be written please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative 28 April 2014
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I have read some of these books over the years - never as a "must read" but enjoyable when I come across them but I think The Angel has changed that and I will be actively looking for the ones I haven't read. This is an excellent read with a good, pleasant protagonist, an interesting plot with many twists that starts with the murder of a family of German incomers and runs through more murder, a sort of psychic, wartime betrayal and much more to keep you turning the pages, a setting you can almost feel and food you can taste. I found it to be a rich, evocative multilayered read that I couldn't put down. The burial of Sandrine, a former resistante, had me in tears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 2 Jan 2014
By Mr_Ager
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Loved the sence of place and charecters, and got immersed in the plot, which rarely happens to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jaquot . the angels 1 Sep 2013
By richard
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as always his work is of the best. very gripping, beautifully written. never a dull moment. couldnt put it down till it was finished.what have the french and italians got other countries dont have
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