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Too much sex and violence, not enough crime novel, no pony tail!
on 4 February 2014
I have read these books in sequence. In this book,maybe the author was advised to include more sex and violence . The body count is just too high, the sex just too deviant and these dominate the weakish plot, and seem to diminish the characters. In previous books the plot is stronger, and the characters the main feature.These , and the marvellous sense of place,are what made the books enjoyable.
Marie-Ange's powers are not convincing and are a lazy device to solve the plot wrinkles.
In Marseilles, the archetypal maritime city, with literally thousands of vessels moored in its marinas and docks, it is not plausible that Jacquot, the veteran detective did not immediately realize that the ransom victim was being held in a vessel.
Perhaps Jacquot lost his powers without his ponytail.