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The Waterman (Jacquot Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Martin O'Brien
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  • Length: 450 pages (estimated)
  • Collection: Jacquot (Book 1)
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Book Description

They say drowning is easy…
Daniel Jacquot knows Marseilles better than most. He ought to, he was born there. And Marseilles knows him, as the rugby hero who once scored the winning try against the English at Twickenham. But now he's a cop – passionate, incorruptible, and often inspired. Like playing rugby, tracking down killers is a game Jacquot understands. And Marseilles just happens to be his own home ground – every brash, bustling, sun-splashed square inch of it. It's here, in this city by the sea, that a shadowy, elusive killer steps onto the field of play, drugging, raping, and drowning three young women in as many months. With a new partner, a rising body count, and only a three-word tattoo to work with, Jacquot tracks down his quarry, gradually closing on a methodical, yet sometimes whimsical killer the Press have christened The Waterman. (Originally published as Jacquot and the Waterman)

"Daniel Jacquot of the Marseilles PD is a marvellous invention and deserves to be discovered quickly. The characters and plot are great, but the real hit is Marseilles. It's gaudy, loud, sunny, and loaded with mystery. In short, the perfect backdrop for a killer who tracks, rapes and drowns young women. All that, and rugby too."
– The Globe and Mail (Canada)

"O'Brien's evocation of the hot, vibrant, and seedy port in which everyone seems to be either a cop or a criminal, and sometimes both, is as masterly as Ian Rankin's depiction of Edinburgh. More of Jacquot is promised - definitely one to watch."
– The Daily Mail

"In this, the first of what I hope is a long-running series, O'Brien creates a sexually-charged atmosphere that is as chilling as it is engaging."
– The Sydney Morning Herald

"Those lucky enough to pick up this debut crime novel will discover a wonderfully inventive and involving detective story with vivid French locales creating the perfect backdrop."
– The Daily Express

"Lovers of thrillers will welcome this new voice."
– The Irish Examiner

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: MobukPress (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,735 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.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Rebus with a French twist. 31 Jan. 2013
By Rosie W
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A beguiling cop with flaws and and is thoroughly enjoyable. He investigates with flare and pace and cannot be put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn, I'd buy another 9 Jan. 2014
By Scattie
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I bought this as I like the genre and happen to live an hour away from Marseille. The characters are well defined and believable, the plot is so convoluted for the first third of the book that had I not enjoyed the scenery so much I might have given up before it all started to come together, and that would have been a pity.
So say more would be to ruin the ending, suffice it to say that I have bought the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable first book 17 Dec. 2013
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Enjoyed the writing and the main character. Also enjoyed the number of other characters and the plot and sub plots. A wee bit disappointed with the way in which the book finished - almost an afterthought. I dont want to give the ending away but if you read it you will see what I mean. I will give some of his other books a chance so worth a read.
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I initially had a problem keeping tabs on all the characters and their various, separate introductions into the novel. I found it quite irritating to have to keep going back to reference names and their place in the story. It wasn't until half way through the book that this dislocation started to join up and make sense. However, apart from that, the writing was good with nice 'painterly' accounts of locations and situations.
The main character, Jacquot, was solid and believable as were many, but not all of the others - (What was the role of Benedict the journalist?)

The finish, the denouement, was weak but is excused as this is No 1 in the sequence. Hopefully the next Jacquot will have these shortcomings sorted.

I liked the book enough to order the second in the series and to get to know Jacquot a little more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grisly, murky and exciting!! 21 Oct. 2012
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The Waterman is one of the early Jacquot novels and one of my favourites. Set in steamy Marseilles with its barely concealed undercurrent of violence, drugs, sex and corruption, Jacquot has to wade through an array of conflicting clues, many of them wasting his time down a wrong path. The serial killer is a step ahead of him and enjoying the game.

Finally the truth begins to emerge but it is an extraordinary and unpalatable truth which no-one could have foreseen nor wants to acknowledge. This is last chapter stuff and a book which is annoying to have to put down.

The food, drink, the smells, atmosphere, all trademarks of this descriptive writer who takes you to Marseilles and leaves you there wanting to stay, are all present in The Waterman.

Jacquot at his best - definitely worth downloading!
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By Kev
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This is the first time that I've read Martin O'Brien and I will certainly look out for more. The characters are entirely believable and you relate easily to them. The story line is believable and current, even though the book was written several years ago. The detail is just right
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By IanF
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Hooked me enough to want to buy the next one. The atmosphere of the environment where the action takes place is perhaps the best thing. The ending of the story was the weakest element and stopped me from plumping for a 5 star
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Oct. 2014
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Excellent. Mbought the second book straight away.
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