- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: riverrun (8 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782062084
- ISBN-13: 978-1782062080
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 575 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Extraordinary People: Enzo Macleod 1 (The Enzo Files) Paperback – 8 May 2014
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The first book of the Enzo Files series, in which ex forensic scientist Enzo Macleod is employed to solve the ten-year-old case of a missing Frenchman.See all Product description
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The story unfolds requiring little detective work by the reader and it might do for light holiday reading, but I'm not sure I'd feel compelled to follow Enzo's adventures any further.
Having trained as a forensic scientist and worked with the Metropolitan Police, Enzo now lives in the French town of Cahors and lectures in biology at the University of Toulouse. He has not entirely relinquished his former life and makes a bet with the local governor that he can solve seven 'cold cases' involving murders around France solely by using his forensic investigative skills.
The first murder that he starts to investigate is that of Jacques Gaillard, former adviser to the government and renowned film critic and bon viveur (sorry, I don't know the French term for such people!), who had disappeared tend year previously. With the assistance of Roger Raffin, an insalubrious reporter for one of the French national newspapers, Enzo becomes enmeshed in a tril that leads him all over France.
At times the book seems reminiscent of a Dan Brown story, as Enzo and Raffin decipher arcane clues, with tantalising references to the Knights Templar. The plot never loses plausibility, though, and the story is never less than gripping, and I also enjoyed the descriptions of the investigator's journeys around France.
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