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The Waterman (Jacquot 1) [Kindle Edition]

Martin O'Brien
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Book Description

They say drowning is easy…
Daniel Jacquot knows Marseilles better than most. He ought to, he was born there. And Marseilles knows him, as the rugby hero who once scored the winning try against the English at Twickenham. But now he's a cop – passionate, incorruptible, and often inspired. Like playing rugby, tracking down killers is a game Jacquot understands. And Marseilles just happens to be his own home ground – every brash, bustling, sun-splashed square inch of it. It's here, in this city by the sea, that a shadowy, elusive killer steps onto the field of play, drugging, raping, and drowning three young women in as many months. With a new partner, a rising body count, and only a three-word tattoo to work with, Jacquot tracks down his quarry, gradually closing on a methodical, yet sometimes whimsical killer the Press have christened The Waterman. (Originally published as Jacquot and the Waterman)

"Daniel Jacquot of the Marseilles PD is a marvellous invention and deserves to be discovered quickly. The characters and plot are great, but the real hit is Marseilles. It's gaudy, loud, sunny, and loaded with mystery. In short, the perfect backdrop for a killer who tracks, rapes and drowns young women. All that, and rugby too."
– The Globe and Mail (Canada)

"O'Brien's evocation of the hot, vibrant, and seedy port in which everyone seems to be either a cop or a criminal, and sometimes both, is as masterly as Ian Rankin's depiction of Edinburgh. More of Jacquot is promised - definitely one to watch."
– The Daily Mail

"In this, the first of what I hope is a long-running series, O'Brien creates a sexually-charged atmosphere that is as chilling as it is engaging."
– The Sydney Morning Herald

"Those lucky enough to pick up this debut crime novel will discover a wonderfully inventive and involving detective story with vivid French locales creating the perfect backdrop."
– The Daily Express

"Lovers of thrillers will welcome this new voice."
– The Irish Examiner

Product Details

  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: MobukPress (October 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Procedural Series March 16, 2014
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Daniel Jacquot is a middle-aged detective in the south of France. A tough former rugby player, orphaned at a young age, and someone who readers will like from the start and grow to like even more, Jacquot can be reflective without being boring to the reader. The book begins slowly (as some of the best procedurals do) and has a fair number of characters. You can make a conscious effort to map these out, but it's not really necessary. By the time you're a third of the way through the book, you'll know them.
The book is well plotted and plays fair with the reader as far as figuring out the "whodunit" aspect, but you'll enjoy the book more for the lead characters and atmosphere. If you're looking for something that moves fast and furious - look elsewhere. If you're looking for a good read with enjoyable background similar to some of the best English procedurals, then give this series a try.
I've just finished the second in the series and will post a review of it, but wanted to get this one out before I become engrossed in the third book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good O'Brien September 6, 2013
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Good read. It took me a long while to bet through it because of all of the French food mentioned, Luckily I have the Wiktionary app.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great protagonist. French rugby. June 23, 2013
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Awesome plot. Great complex French styled characters with great philosophy of a middle aged former rugby international
Gives nice sense of marseille
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Born in South Devon, educated at The Oratory School, and at Hertford College, Oxford, Martin O'Brien lasted five days as a graduate trainee with an American investment bank before leaving the City to pursue a career as a writer and journalist.

After the usual raft of would-be writer's jobs (short-order griddle-chef, waiter, cocktail barman, removals and demolition man), Martin joined Condé Nast Publications as a copy-sub and later became Travel Editor at British Vogue, a position he held for a number of years.

After leaving Vogue, he wrote a book about hookers and whorehouses around the world ("A classic among travel books" - Auberon Waugh, Books & Bookmen), and freelanced as a travel and life-style writer for a number of international magazines.

When marriage and fatherhood put an end to his travelling days, Martin settled down to write the Daniel Jacquot detective series ("Rich, spicy, and served up with unmistakeable relish" - The Literary Review), and straight-to-paperback thrillers under the name Jack Drummond ("Big, high-pitched disaster novels don't come much more thrilling than this" - The Daily Mirror).

Martin's books have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Russian, Turkish, and Hebrew. He also writes stand-alone e-books, the first of which, "Lunching The Girls", is now available for download. His latest book, "Knife Gun Poison Bomb", is Jacquot's eighth outing, and a first-draft follow-up - "Talking To The Sharks" - is nearing completion.

After more than thirty years on the road, Martin lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, two daughters, and a spaniel.

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