Monday, 8 July 2013

Review of 'Death on the Pont Noir'

It's always a delight to hear of a favourable review of one of my books, and none better than this one from The Good Book Guide's learned, erudite and elegant Barry Forshaw, who knows more than a thing or two about crime fiction. Here he talks about 'Death on the Pont Noir' - the 3rd Insp Lucas Rocco novel.

"It is particularly refreshing to see the writing of Adrian Magson -- who has been paying his dues in the crime fiction stakes for quite some time -- finally achieving something of the acclaim that he deserves.  The sense of period here (1963) is only one of the virtues of this tautly constructed piece."

1963 - Picardie, northern France. Following an inexplicable ramming and gun attack on a Citroen DS in the middle of open countryside, and a bar brawl involving a group of drunken Englishmen, Inspector Lucas Rocco finds himself drawn into what has all the hallmarks of yet another plot to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle - one of many made on the French leader's life.

But why are Englishmen working for a well-known pair of London gangland twins involved? And who has set fire to an ex-army truck with a body inside? And why have those who made a previous abortive attack suddenly vanished? Rocco finds himself once more pulled several ways while attempting to investigate events.

Only this time, he's accused of taking bribes and even suspected of being part of the assassination plot himself. Suspended from duty, he has very little time to intervene and stop what could be a cataclysmic event for France... and for his own continued freedom.

'Death on the Pont Noir' - available in hardback (signed copies) from here - or paperback or ebooks from here or other retailers

Thank you, Barry, for such kind words.

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