First in the Jaquot series, this is a gripping detective story filled with atmosphere, warmth and wit
The only child of a headmistress and a naval officer. Martin O'Brien was educated at the Oratory School and Hertford College Oxford. He started his career as a copy-sub, going on to become Travel Editor of Vogue. Having travelled all over the world in some style, he left Vogue to write ALL THE GIRLS - a traveller's tales of hookers and whorehouses around the world and then began writing travel/lifestyle features for US publications. He left journalism for a few years to co-write screenplays and start a film production company. After 20 years of living in London, Martin, his wife and two daughters moved to the countryside, where he started to write the Jacquot books...
British travel editor O'Brien makes an impressive debut with a gritty procedural set in the south of France. Chief Insp. Daniel Jacquot faces a baffling series of murders-the victims are all women who've been sexually assaulted and left in water. The killer's m.o. leads the press to dub him the Waterman. Under pressure to produce a speedy solution, Jacquot pursues inquiries that lead to several violent underworld figures, as well as to members of Marseilles's social elite. The author skillfully raises the tension by alternating his narrative perspective. The number of coincidences may strain credibility for some, but for most readers the biggest letdown will be in the identity of the Waterman, who's detected almost as an afterthought and primarily through the efforts of someone other than Jacquot. Hopefully, O'Brien, who clearly has the talent to do a better plotting job, will allow his canny hero to take a bigger role in catching the villain next time. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
O Briens evocation of the hot vibrant and seedy French port in which everyone seems to be a either a cop or a criminal, and sometimes both, is as masterly as Ian Rankin s depiction of Edinburgh - Daily Mail'Well-drawn, strongly flavoured setting in Marseilles with grisly forensics offering vital clues as to the nature of the crime while skilfully concealing the whodunit Rich, spicy and served up with unmistakeable relish' Literary Review