The Paris Directive

The Paris Directive

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Christopher Reich: "Outstanding! A beguiling, atmospheric, and entirely entertaining novel that promises intrigue and suspense from the very first page. Inspector Mazarelle is a wonderful creation: a world weary, gimlet-eyed detective who must rouse himself for one last case. I expect to see him one day in the pantheon of greats alongside Poirot, Maigret, Brunetti and Zen." --Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception

In a Berlin hotel room in the late 1990s, two former French intelligence agents hire Klaus Reiner, a ruthlessly effective killer, to eliminate an American industrialist vacationing in southwestern France. Reiner easily locates his target in the small Dordogne village of Taziac, but the hit is compromised when three innocent people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Enter Inspector Paul Mazarelle. Formerly of Paris but now living in Taziac, the inspector is charged with bringing his experience and record of success in the capital to bear on the gruesome quadruple homicide at the height of tourist season.

Both Mazarelle's investigation and Reiner's job become complicated when Molly, a New York City district attorney and daughter of two of the victims, arrives to identify the bodies and begins asking questions. All evidence points to Ali Sedak, a local Arab handyman, but Mazarelle and Molly have doubts, forcing Reiner to return to Taziac to ensure they see things as he arranged them. Little does anyone in the picturesque French countryside know how politically charged this crime is: its global ramifications, stemming from the NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, could overshadow everything.

Tailored in crisp prose, this tantalizing and skillfully written thriller possesses all the luxury refinements of the best international intrigue. Jay's novel chills, excites, and engrosses, pitting a smooth, calculating villain against an earthy, sympathetic Frenchman whose twilight career is suddenly heating up.

"Jay's entertaining first novel pays homage to George Simenon and his legendary detective, Inspector Maigret.... The main draw is the charming, indomitable Inspector Mazarelle, who enjoys puffing on his old pipe, stopping for cognac in the middle of the day, and dining on sausages and lentils or his favorite dish, duck confit, at the Café Valon. Mystery fans will look forward to seeing more of him in the promised sequel." -- Publishers Weekly

"Gerald Jay has woven threads of police procedural, espionage, rural noir, 'acts of barbarism,' and Gallic charm into a story that will be a great fit for almost any crime fan." -- Booklist , starred review

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385535489
0385535481
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 22 cm

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miaone
Mar 21, 2016

One of the published reviews above calls this book a "cozy", but I found it chilling and hard to put down. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it seems to leave some holes in the plot at the end. Who WERE those government guys? Still, I loved the French characters and the lives created for them by the writer. The Americans are less credible, only two dimensional, and the ability of several of them to speak French fluently seems unlikely. But the Dordogne region of France is well drawn and delectable and makes up for a lot. I wonder about the nom de plume of the author. It would seem to be a man's name, but maybe that's misleading. I could well believe the book is written by a woman. I suppose in time we will see.

JeremiahSutherland Dec 31, 2014

Nice start to the book. A hit man is going to knock someone off in a small French town. The cops get involved after the murders. After that, the killer starts to lose his mind, begins incriminating himself and what little sense the plot had goes out the window.

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cheadlebeagle
Jul 30, 2012

A great debut and an interesting main character. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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