Yes Serge Bastarde is his real name, so ex Darts Drummer John Dummer, also from seminal 60's band The John Dummer Blues Band, assures us. I do believe him as it is a common name in the south of France where he lives. After serving his term in the music business as the drummer for the aforementioned groups and managing 80's band The Screaming Blue Messiahs, John upped sticks and moved to France with his wife, to become an antiques dealer.
It was here that he met the charismatic Serge, who in his inimitable way; teaches our John the ins and outs of the Brocanteur, flea market trader to you. Serge is without doubt a Rouge with a capital `R'. Content to pose as a local official to extract valuables from unsuspecting punters. He also has no scruples when setting up our gullible John as the patsy for his nefarious shenanigans. The story of the Stradivarius brought tears to my eyes.
This book is a real page-turner, which I finished in no time and I really hope there will be a sequel in the not too distant future. If you've read and enjoyed the books by Stephen Clarke then this one is definitely for you. If you haven't then this is a great place to start reading about the adventures of ex pats in France.
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