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Ingenious plot twist
on 15 June 2014
elevates this from three to four stars.
Excellent translation preserves the distinct Gallic flavour of the novel which doesn't have to rely on constant references to French cuisine to maintain it - there is never any doubt we are in Paris ( in the main) for this fast-paced crime novel which starts with the kidnap and imprisonment of a girl.
The book is uncompromising in its description of violence - some reviews have been critical of this but, in my view, unfairly. All the violence is integral to the plot and is not gratuitous.
Other reviewers have criticised the characterisation as somewhat formulaic, particularly in relation to the main character's close colleagues, and to some extent this is true. However, it does not detract from enjoyment of the plot and, as this is the first in a series, the author has to apply some differentiation to his main characters who will doubtless develop along individual lines from book to book.
Superb twist in the plot which performs a very neat volte-face - thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue with the series.