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The Daily Mail: "Perfect deckchair entertainment."

Date: Aug 1 2013

Inspector Gilles Sebag of the Perpignan police is worrying about the onset of middle age, the state of his marriage, and three baffling local crimes.

The battered body of a young Dutch girl is found on a beach. A taxi driver who is known to be a bit of a lad suddenly disappears.

Another Dutch girl, Ingrid Raven, has also disappeared. We know that she is being kept, bound and gagged, in a dark cellar; can Gilles work out how to find her before it’s too late?

The plot is intricate and tense, but the deepest pleasure of reading this fantastic French ticking-clock thriller lies in the author’s glorious evocation of his native Perpignan, with its herb-scented air and hammering heat, so vivid that you can almost taste it.

Perfect deckchair entertainment.

--Kate Saunders

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