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- Print Length: 142 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GNFLDKM
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- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It does not cease to amaze me how Daniel Pembrey can write a complete, thoroughly thrilling and excellent read in a novella. As such, The Candidate: A Luxemburg Thriller so did not disappoint. Pembrey is fast becoming one of my top authors.
Nick Thorneycroft, previously a sports writer, has been encouraged by his girlfriend, Claire to change careers to an executive recruiter for a payments company, based in Luxembourg. From the first page, I was enticed as the compelling plot develops at a fast pace: at times humorous, at others, sinister.
Nick’s world starts to spin out of control when he awakes to find some ladies underwear in his apartment. “They were black, croissant shaped and instantly recognisable to my male brain. Still, it took me a few seconds to comprehend the scrunched-up pair of women’s underwear on the floor of my dim Luxembourg apartment. The effect s of some spirit, vodka possibly, clouded my vision.” So who was the mysterious owner?
Then enters his apartment, uninvited, his outrageous landlady, Madame Doriot: who treats Nick like a son. Mme and Monsieur Doriot, together with their dog, Mischa play a pivotal part in the thriller through their actions. I found them hugely entertaining but very sensitive and naive.
Privy to highly delicate and confidential information and currently assigned to get a new recruit, a Russian Executive, Yekaterina (Kate) Novakovich onboard, Nick finds he has been dragged into a world of conspiracies, double-crossing and violence. Who can he trust, who can he turn to and where is the mysterious Kate? Why can’t Claire get the message, it’s over? I won’t add any spoilers.Read more ›
Nicholas manages to find his landlady's little dog huddled on the apartment building's roof, but cannot find his own office key card. As he occasionally handles sensitive documents, he'd rather not lose it. He begins to suspect that he was drugged.
Luxembourg handles high finance and European projects from its French-speaking low tax base. The location is thoroughly described, from the one English pub to the icy roads on the hill leading down to the Petrusse River and the floodlit castle. Nick is a rounded character who started as a sports writer and now headhunts for a major firm. He's been asked to hire a female Russian banker at several times his own salary. Nick reckons that this glamorous candidate Yekaterina may be the woman who came home with him, while a Russian firm Xanant is considering buying out his own firm. He decides that background research is needed.
Nick's past girlfriend turns up when he's preoccupied; she seems emotionally unstable, and that's before thugs smash down his apartment door. The characters just keep coming, sharply written and believable, as even Nick's own bosses would rather the prospect of bonuses than take their recent hire's word for it that something sinister is in progress. Banking, the author shows us, is multinational, occasionally corrupt and corrupting.
Daniel Pembrey is writing about places and jobs where he has worked, just as he did in 'The Woman Who Stopped Traffic', which is set in California. With his flair for realism and insider knowledge he doesn't just push the door open, he throws it wide to reveal the good, the bad and the dangerous.
I've added a star for the paperback version, which has a final chapter after the end of the Kindle one (which I originally read) that balances the book better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was given this via Netgalley a while ago. I thought I would see what Mr Pembrey's books was like as I have a few to read lol. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Fiona Hunt
This story is set in the unusual location of Luxembourg and follows events completely out of the ordinary for the country. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timi
Pembrey has captured the banality and permanent sense of low level paranoia that is part of the expat experience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. M. Green
Pacy read and just the right length. Enjoyed this tale of espionage amid the snowy streets of Luxembourg. Enough atmosphere to make me want to go!Published 7 months ago by christuart
Taut atmosphere, sharp writing and great sense of place. In the same vein as AD Miller's excellent SNOWDROPS, though I think I preferred this. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas Mogford
I really enjoyed this book. I grew up in Luxembourg so the location was a wonderful backdrop to a tense, twisting story. Would definitely recommend.Published 11 months ago by Andrew Reid Wildman
Short and immediately gripping it’s impossible not to get drawn into Nick’s story as weird things seem to keep happening. Read morePublished 12 months ago by BCT
There is a change of country from The Harbour Master which I read earlier this year with The Candidate being set in Luxembourg. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Bannister