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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848090617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090613
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,849 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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"The Dying Minutes is a tense and thrilling read, and one that had me on the edge of my seat all the way through" (Bookbag)

"Crime writing is like the contents of a wine cellar. Some bottles are best saved for cleaning the bicycle chain. And then there are bottles like Chateau Lafite which are so exquisite that within a few sips, one is torn between devouring the bottle whole or putting it in a handcrafted leather carafe and sitting back and admiring it. The Dying Minutes by Martin O’Brien is a Chateau Lafite novel: this is high-end, literary crime.... The Dying Minutes perfectly fits the market for the very literary, well-crafted and beautifully written novel" (It's a Crime UK)

"In terse prose, O’Brien enshrouds the warm and sunny location with darkness, prefiguring harsh revenge and some brutal violence" (Herald)

"I found this a very unusual police procedural, very evocative of the enticing French way of life - you could almost taste the hot buttered croissants and smell the French black coffee on every page - which makes this English author particularly original. I will certainly look out for more stories by Martin O'Brien in the future. Well Recommended" (Eurocrime)

"Terrific" (Northampton Chronicle and Echo)

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The seventh Inspector Daniel Jacquot novel is set once again in Marseilles, the city about which Martin O'Brien writes so seductively. When an old friend dies and leaves Jacquot a fishing boat, all kinds of secrets and crimes come back to haunt him.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aegeanjan on 19 April 2012
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The Dying Minutes by Martin O'Brien, set around the azure coastline of Marseilles, is the seventh in the detective novel series featuring the very likable, Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot. It begins with a gold bullion convoy being hijacked in 1972, of which part of the heist mysteriously disappears and becomes an unsolved case. Twenty seven years on, Chief Inspector Jacquot is recovering from gunshot wounds from a previous case (Blood Counts, book six in the series) and is on sick leave when he inherits a boat from an old fisherman who once knew his father. Jacquot is seduced by the elegant boat and life on the water, and it's not long before his inquisitive mind begins to wonder about its history and that of its ex-owner.

While Jacquot is discovering his sea legs and persuading his pregnant partner to keep the boat, his old flame Chief Inspector Isabelle Cassier, walks back into his life during the investigation of some brutal murders. The murders point to the missing gold and the involvement of two of the most feared gangland families on the coast. Isabelle seeks Jacquot's help with the investigation and he finds himself once again in close confinement with Isabelle as they work on the case together.

The Dying Minutes is beautifully written with a strong sense of place and atmosphere, transporting you right there to the South of France. It's a pure joy to read. The words create a realistic feel for life on the boat and in the harbour and villages around Marseilles, and you can almost taste the salt in the air, the exquisite wines and delicious food.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2012
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I was sent The Dying Minutes a week or two ago and noted that this was 'A Daniel Jacquot Novel' and is all about an ex-rugby playing French detective and set in Marseilles. Gallic shrug from moi and Que? I opened it and started to read and immediately found myself gripped (or should that be grippe...). I have not been to France for years and years and have never been to Marseilles, but after a few chapters of Martin O'Brien's book I had this overwhelming desire to catch a flight and fly there immediately. My French is of the La Plume de ma tante et sur la table de Mon Oncle variety, I know how to order a cafe au lait, can say Merde with the best of them and that is it, but I had this vision of moi sitting at a table on the waterfront knocking back a cafe, a Calva, eating freshly grilled fish and Danielsmoking a Galois, none of which I would dream of doing in real life. The book reeks of France and the sea and I simply loved it.

Two deaths occur. One is that of Philo, a fisherman known among his friends and acquaintances as le Philosophe, not because he was particularly clever or wise, but because he always had a book in his hand (my kind of homme) and there were not many fishermean who lay back on their drying nets to read a book. He leaves his executor to give his boat, Constance, to somebody who will love and appreciate her and thus it comes into the hands of our Hero, Daniel Jacquot recently recovering from being shot (an earlier book one presumes).

Second death - that of a convicted felon, Pierre-Louis Lombard. On his death bed he asks for his lawyer, Claude Dupont, to visit him and gives him a packet to take away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Robinson on 25 Feb. 2013
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For any of you who haven't yet discovered this series featuring the Marseille based, ex rugby playing detective Daniel Jacquot you are in for a feast, the books ooze french charm and intrigue, whats more they keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, I thoroughly recommend buying the whole lot of them and settling in for winter....mmmmmmmm
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I have been a fan of the Jacquot series since the first book - The Waterman. In my opinion The Fifteen is the best so far, though Blood Counts is also good.
This is a rather darker book. We still have the affectionate descriptions of Marseilles and surroundings. Readers can hear the cicadas and savour the bouilliabasse. Jacquot is a well rounded character. The mystery at the heart of the plot is compelling - what is the true story behind Jacquot's nautical legacy?
However as the pace picks up in the second part of the book, the mystery story turns into an old fashioned chase. The book's many villains are rather one dimensional sadistic gangsters. The torture scenes do not take the story forward. The loss of subtlety is a pity and elements of the plot become rather contrived. Jacquot's impulsivity seems rather out of character.
In conclusion, though this is an enjoyable read it does not match the high standard of some of the other books in the series. Four stars rather than five.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cole on 14 April 2012
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Anybody who reads the Jacquot novels will know to expect the unexpected - the assumption of the detective genre.

Martin O'Brien's latest delivery does much more than that. Daniel Jacquot, taking recuperative leave as a result of injuries sustained in the last novel "Blood Counts", becomes embroiled in the search for a ton of gold which was hidden following a major heist twenty years before. The organisers were never caught and neither was the gold bullion which becomes the centre of a chase by two of the most violent gangs in Marseilles, competing with each other and the local police to wrest the gold from its hiding place. They're ruthless, unpleasant and determined to be first.

Martin's unique style of descriptive writing, transports the reader to the South of France, its warmth, its smells, its atmosphere and of course its food. He has written yet another winning novel - one of his best yet.

This is an adventure story par excellence which should be made into a film. In the meantime, it will provide any reader with several hours of inescapable absorption in a "can't put down" novel.
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