Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot has been enjoying the quiet life in a peaceful Provençal village. A former rugby international, who once scored the winning try against England at Twickenham, Jacquot sports a trademark ponytail and loves food, wine - and one woman, artist Claudine. Now, however, he must leave her to go to Paris, where Marseilles Magistrate, Solange Bonnefoy's niece has been abducted. As the trail of violence and corruption leads Jacquot back to the ancient seaport, with its bloody history of slave trafficking, another utterly shocking and unexpected murder sets the investigation galloping in a wholly new direction and Jacquot has to go undercover.
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As with his previous novels, O'Brien presents the setting with as much detail as his characters. Leading the reader through the backstreets and alleyways of Marseilles, the author captures the city with colourful descriptions and vivid detail - France Magazine
A tense and fascinating story for lovers of detective fiction - Destination France
Tight plotting, excellent characterisation. Jacquot is here to stay - Daily Mail
Wonderfully inventive and involving - Daily Express
A sexually-charged atmosphere that is as chilling as it is engaging - Sydney Morning Herald
The Marseille scene ... seems to be written by a native. O'Brien's ability to deliver a sense of place makes him worth watching - Washington Post
After graduating from Hertford College, Oxford, Martin O'Brien joined Conde Nast and was British Vogue's travel editor for a number of years. As well as writing for Vogue, he has contributed to a wide range of international publications. He was editor of Sixty Years of Travel in Vogue and is the author of All the Girls. His first four Jacquot novels were all published by Headline. He lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and two daughters.