Thor and took a chance because it was set in France and wasn t set in present timeI have since read two books and a short storyIt is the ind of book that is a pleasure to read and you don t want to put downThe illegal immigrant theme resonates with todayLoved it Just realised I forgot to add a review for this novel Another fun outing for Inspector Lucas Rocco with his natty suits and English shoes a dress sense he shares with my other new favourite detective Jan Fabel playful fruit bats in the attic and an attentive
Neighbour Who Proves Handily who proves handily The crime plot certainly has contemporary resonance though the setting is 1963 with illegal immigrants being trafficked as cheap labour into France from North Africa Attention is drawn when one turns up dead near Poissons les Marais Rocco s patch Rocco uncovers inks to organised crime and then there s the arrival from Algiers of a new Mr Big in the Paris underworld searching for his runaway wife and son a matter of honour and face Rocco s chivalry and sense of justice conflict with his duties as a policeman due to his dealings with this beautiful lady in need of assistance to escape her brutal gangster husbandor is she really as helpless as she appears I like the enigmatic nature of this character As in the first Rocco novel there are tensions between the police and politicians intensified by conflict in Algeria in this period and the potential for unrest in France something I admit to not nowing much about but that s one of the attractions of reading historical
"crime fiction isn t it to explore the history and culture of other countries Tense and involving "fiction isn t it to explore the history and culture of other countries Tense and involving but not without humour well written and paced I am becoming very fond of Inspector Lucas Rocco and can t wait to read the rest of the series Interesting Background is refuges and immigration legal and illegal a problem we associate with recent times but one that has been around since the rise of the nation state And also interesting with the different layers of government and police Have to love all that internal politicsAnd the story moves uickly against that background. Ust trace his fellow travellers but trawling for illegal arrivals is a sensitive iss. .
Excellent police procedural I am re reading this series and loving it Don t usually read a book with such energy akin to my long forgotten teenage years but here is a real page turner for even a 50 year old like me The second book in this excellent series of detective work in rural France in the 1960s No attempt to dwell in a less troubled era real crime here Maigret than Heartbeat certainly but closer still in the story telling and mood created Not just a police procedural novel but a genuine crime thriller with characters slowly emerging enhancing its richness not overwhelming the narrative that rubbles on a pace Love the French setting and context of the stories and as at the end of any good book feel a sense of loss and eagerness for the development of this wonderful new detective Very well written with great characters Didn t want to put it down This was probably my favourite so far of the Inspector Lucas Rocco series but I do like all of them great sense of period local atmosphere French mindset A fast paced page turner set in Amiens 1963 when Inspector Rocco investigates the
of a man smuggled the country from Algeria I read this book orDeath Of A Man Smuggled
less in one sitting as I couldn t put it down Inspector Rocco is ain one sitting as I couldn t put it down Inspector Rocco is a and inimitable law enforcer who in this book becomes influenced by an attractive woman on the run from her brutal gangster husband The plot has many layers covering the themes of human trafficking gun running and gang violence all highly relevant to today The second book in the series it is completely different from the first A highly recommended read Death on the Rive Nord by Adrian MagsonPublished by Allison Busby August 2011 ISBN 978 0 7490 0839 0The discovery of a dead Algerian in a canal sets Inspector Lucas Rocco on the tail of an organised group of people traffickers Rocco is a city cop who has been moved from Paris to the French countryside Picardie not uite what he is used to either for him or his new colleagues although he has established a friendship with Claude Lamotte the local garde champetre who has helped his acceptance with the villagers Un. Picardie 1963 A truck drops illegal workers by a deserted stretch of canal in the de. Fortunately he has served with his new boss Commissaire Francois Massin in a different capacity Rocco nows things about Massin that he Massin would not like made public so they exist in an uneasy unspoken thinly veiled hostility In 1963 Algerian immigrants are welcome in France but not illegals However as Massin points out the whole Algerian thing
is a sensitive issue and not one in which he wants to get caught upWhilst investigating the death ina sensitive issue and not one in which he wants to get caught upWhilst investigating the death in canal Rocco meets the beautiful Nicole which brings him to the attention of the chilling Algerian gangster Samir Ferek and his enforcer the huge La sculpture sur pierre : Art et techniques killer Bouhassa who seem to be moving up from the south leaving a trail of death in their wake Asillings occur Rocco realises that Ferek is moving ever closer Bear Humbug killing anyone who stands in the way of his plans to extend his empire Rocco is in his way can he survive FerekSo trying to track down people traffickers andeeping out of the path of Ferek not to mention his boss Massin Rocco has his work cut out A stunningly atmospheric follow up to Death in the Maris which introduced Inspector Lucas Rocco the story moves at a cracking pace with the tension mounting with every page I couldn t read fast enough A definite entry for your not to be missed list Lizzie Hayes Picked this up at Powell s in Portland OR last year and finally getting around to reading it Set in 1963 Picardie France when a truck driver drops off a group of illegals in the night and discovers one has been illed en route This is the second Inspector Lucas Rocco caseIt s probably a very high 4 stars and also of a
thriller I think than only a police procedural It became uite intense at the end It s setI think than only a police procedural It became uite intense at the end It s set an interesting part of France and I enjoyed the role of the canal system as the plot played out There s a blurb on the book cover saying you have to love the main policeman Lucas Rocco as he s France s answer to Jack Reacher Which in height and in toughness with criminals and a light touch with people not able to defend themselves may in fact add up to a Reacher type guy Which is not a bad thing at all Great book I am new to this au. Ad of night Days later one of them surfaces stabbed to death Inspector Lucas Rocco ,