The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle

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Lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back in another beguiling, as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the South of France.

At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure—and the threat of some very powerful enemies!—Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles.

But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul—the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees it—asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement . . . to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and sharklike developers on the other.

Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed—with luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam’s friends—in the novel’s wonderfully satisfying climax.
 

About Peter Mayle

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Peter Mayle is the author of twelve previous books, six of them novels. A recipient of the Légion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for twenty years.
 
Published November 4, 2013 by Paragon. 225 pages
Genres: Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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But the other, Lord William Wapping, is an ex-bookmaker who’ll stop at nothing to win the contract—and who has Reboul’s old enemy Jérôme Patrimonio, chair of the committee who’ll be making the decision, in his pocket and the shady connections to undercut his rivals.

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Sam and his girlfriend, Elena, insinuate themselves into a scheme to give their billionaire client, Francois Reboul, familiar to fans of Mayle’s The Vintage Caper, a leg up in the proposed waterfront development, sidestepping the decades-long enmity of Jerome Patrimonio, head of the selection c...

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had stolen them back.” As “The Marseille Caper” opens, Sam is confronted poolside by Reboul at the Chateau Marmont, who is “behaving for all the world like an acquaintance who was trying to be a friend.” Reboul, as it turns out, has a slightly shady business proposition for Sam: to stand in fo...

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Book Reporter

"Fans of the Levitt books will need no encouragement to jump in THE MARSEILLE CAPER, and those who are just becoming acquainted with Levitt and Mayle will wonder why they waited until now.

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If you like descriptions of food, people eating and drinking champagne and an attractive portrait of Marseille with bits of plot sprinkled in, then Peter Mayle's new novel, "The Marseille Caper," may be for you.

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Denver Post

What's important is Sam's tromp through Marseille and environs, accompanied by his lover and sometime partner Elena, and their delicious encounters with local characters (an over-eager journalist, a smarmy city official, a couple of bumbling crooks-for-hire, various hangers-on (including "an Amaz...

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Bookmarks Magazine

With the questionable legality of the adventure—and the threat of some very powerful enemies!—Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles.

But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul—the v...

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