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The Master (Jacquot Book 2) by [O'Brien, Martin]
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"Tall and tough, smart and sexy, Jacquot is a first-rate series hero."
- The Kirkus Review (US)

"Martin O'Brien creates a sexually-charged atmosphere that is as chilling as it is engaging."
- The Sydney Morning Herald

"Chief Inspector Jacquot of the Marseilles Police is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional cops."
- Henry Sutton, The Daily Mirror

"A wonderfully inventive and involving detective series. Jacquot is top of le cops."
- The Daily Express

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

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

"French country life has never been so fraught with sinister atmosphere."
- The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction

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Maverick French detective, Daniel Jacquot, is on the case again, investigating a murder in the sumptuous region of Provence

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MobukPress (22 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085MJ5MO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rather like the first book in this series there is a lot of preamble here, setting the scene, introducing the characters etc, and while this is done in an interesting and compelling way, it does mean that the "mystery" element does appear somewhat perfunctory and hurried at the end. That is not to say that this isn't a good book, it is. The descriptive passages are very interesting and the interplay between the characters is done very well, so as a "novel" it works, it's just that it isn't much of a "policier". To succeed in this regard would need some judicious editing and a bit more action or at least detecting, which I am given to understand does occur in the later volumes so I am more than happy to persevere with the series.
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Daniel Jacquot returns for the next thrilling installment! Having read Waterman and Angel I had fallen in love with Jacquot - now I have read the Master - he has become like an old lover! - I feel familiar in his company yet intrigued to discover how he has grown after our time apart. Just like I expected he has developed wonderfully - I am suitably jealous of his latest relationship, but it is his skill in solving crime that fascinates me most.

O'Brien has done it again and like a good Petrus - it gets better with age. As always O'Brien paints a perfect picture of Southern France and gently leads you into the plot - this one being unusal as there was a crime scene, but no body! He then takes you on a meandering journey and without you realising you are fronted with many differing viewpoints and want to read till the end in one sitting. I certainly had to keep an open mind as my suppositions on the killer seem to change with each chapter. I was sure that I had solved this one before Jacquot, but once again there was a great twist in the final part of the book and I was proved wrong.

This one in particular would make a great movie.

As a fan of Rugby (Jacquot was a great player) I am waiting eagerly for the next book - tipped to be about the glorious game! - get writing O'Brien, I am waiting!
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This is the first Jacquot crime novel I have read, and I see from the other reviews there are some big fans out there.
It's well written and the descriptions of the south of France are extremely evocative - hence the three stars. Jacquot is also an original and interesting creation, a mixture of Gerard Depardieu and David Ginola with that rugby player's frame and those green eyes - shame about the ponytail ...
But if you like your sleuths like Morse or Rebus with their emotions on display, with all their human flaws and failures, he's a bit of a cold fish. This is a man who seems more interested in what's on the menu than throwing himself into the case. He doesn't empathise with his victims at all - there's no difference in tone in the description of the murdered girl's body and the pig's carcass that lies next to it. There's no sympathy for the murdered artist whose death is almost an afterthought. The budding love affair never rings true. I just don't like him.
Also, unless you are a gourmet or a wine expert, I'm afraid the countless descriptions of the meals he eats get rather repetitive. At times it's as if he's writing an advertisement for the hotel restaurant. It's a shame that the ghost story element goes nowhere. And it takes a very confident crime writer indeed to leave the discovery of the first body until page 244 (of 408).
So, still looking for a crime series to get into - for me, this isn't it.
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O'Brien's Jacquot is a good creation, someone you want to keep an eye on. However, the series has a few big flaws:
first, the order of the books just isn't right. I don't know why they are listed out of order, but I found that quite disturbing as you keep jumping back and forth in Jacquot's life- the correct order is: J & the waterman; J & the master; J& the 15; J& the angel; Confession.
the second flaw of the series is the widely different quality of the books, with Jacquot & the waterman ranging as the poorest of all; I found it a difficult read and had to struggle to finish. J& the master isn't better; my advice would be to skip the first two books and start directly with "the fifteen" which is a good, fun read and develops Jacquot's character quite interestingly. "The Angel" is also a very strong one, introducing a young lady with special abilities who is an enrichment to the book; as a special bonus we meet her again in Confession.
the third HUGE flaw (I'm french) is the terrible editing on all of the books; there is almost no french expression that hasn't got a mistake in it, and as for the culture..a male called Valentine? the nine o'clock news on TF1? (Valentine is a female name; the news on TF1 are at 8..in France, which probably makes it 9 in the UK), and so on..

to summarize: a strong main character, and happily the series keep getting better - but not the editing!
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O'Brian's descriptive power is superb. My stomach began to rumble as the smells of Provence leapt out from the pages. As the plot twisted and turned from the beginning I was for once willing the flight to last another hour. If you see it buy it without hesitation.
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