Christopher Reich: "Outstanding! A beguiling, atmospheric, and entirely entertaining novel that promises intrigue and suspense from the very first page. Inspector Mazarelle is a wonderful creation: a world weary, gimlet-eyed detective who must rouse himself for one last case. I expect to see him one day in the pantheon of greats alongside Poirot, Maigret, Brunetti and Zen." —Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception
In a Berlin hotel room in the late 1990s, two former French intelligence agents hire Klaus Reiner, a ruthlessly effective killer, to eliminate an American industrialist vacationing in southwestern France. Reiner easily locates his target in the small Dordogne village of Taziac, but the hit is compromised when three innocent people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Enter Inspector Paul Mazarelle. Formerly of Paris but now living in Taziac, the inspector is charged with bringing his experience and record of success in the capital to bear on the gruesome quadruple homicide at the height of tourist season.
Both Mazarelle’s investigation and Reiner’s job become complicated when Molly, a New York City district attorney and daughter of two of the victims, arrives to identify the bodies and begins asking questions. All evidence points to Ali Sedak, a local Arab handyman, but Mazarelle and Molly have doubts, forcing Reiner to return to Taziac to ensure they see things as he arranged them. Little does anyone in the picturesque French countryside know how politically charged this crime is: its global ramifications, stemming from the NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, could overshadow everything.
Tailored in crisp prose, this tantalizing and skillfully written thriller possesses all the luxury refinements of the best international intrigue. Jay’s novel chills, excites, and engrosses, pitting a smooth, calculating villain against an earthy, sympathetic Frenchman whose twilight career is suddenly heating up.
"Jay’s entertaining first novel pays homage to George Simenon and his legendary detective, Inspector Maigret.... The main draw is the charming, indomitable Inspector Mazarelle, who enjoys puffing on his old pipe, stopping for cognac in the middle of the day, and dining on sausages and lentils or his favorite dish, duck confit, at the Café Valon. Mystery fans will look forward to seeing more of him in the promised sequel." —Publishers Weekly
"Gerald Jay has woven threads of police procedural, espionage, rural noir, ‘acts of barbarism,’ and Gallic charm into a story that will be a great fit for almost any crime fan." —Booklist, starred review
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...were really impressed by the quality and the elegant use of language which this author demonstrated in his book.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
This is a rich, deep novel that will leave you wanting more.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
...is a well paced thriller that matches a skillful French investigator in the waning years of his career against a ruthless cold blooded assassin.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
As it stands, The Paris Directive is worth reading for the chance to know Mazarelle, but not so much for the story.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
An intriguing cat-and-mouse game begins between Mazarelle and Reiner, which leads to a tense and dramatic climax.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
Author Gerald Jay has taken the threads of the police procedural, the spy novel, and French charm and woven them into a vastly entertaining read.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
Overall, the book was okay, although it might have worked a lot better for me personally had the author had made this a straight-up work of crime fiction without the political conspiracy thriller elements...Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
Mazarelle is no Poirot or Closseau, but the way he is portrayed is very realistic. He doesn't figure things out of the blue, but he reaches conclusions logically.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
...Too many characters, too many murders, too many coincidences, too hard to believe.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
He combines two serious storylines with a good sense of place, a sense of humor, and well-rounded characters.Read Full Review of The Paris Directive
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