It's always lovely to get a nice surprise for Christmas, and never more so than when a book receives an excellent review. In this case it's 'Death at the Clos du Lac', my 4th Inspector Lucas Rocco novel, which is available NOW (in case your Christmas stockings have a spare space in them, or you know somebody who would like a copy in hardback or ebook). The paperback will be out in April 2014.
The lovely review comes from Linda Wilson in Crime Review, and I am indebted to her for such kind words about Lucas, the French cop in the 1960s.
To quote her: " my firm favourite amongst fictional French detectives."
Picardie, France 1964. The exclusive Clos du Lac sanitarium. A man is
discovered standing in the therapy pool. But he's not there for his health;
someone has chained him to the bottom and left him to die very, very slowly.
Inspector Lucas Rocco believes it's an unusual and elaborate method of
execution. But nobody seems to have heard or seen anything, the staff are
resolutely unhelpful - or dead - and ministry officials sent from Paris to
'assist' attempt to impede Rocco's efforts to find answers.
It is soon clear the
Clos du Lac is no ordinary sanitarium, and holds secrets that the authorities
feel are better left hidden. And a high-level kidnapping mounted in an attempt
to derail France's new trade agreements with China means Rocco now faces threats
from more than one quarter ...one of them a rogue government assassin.
Signed H/B copies available from Goldsboro Books, London