The Watchers by Jon Steele

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Every hour, childlike Marc Rochat circles the Lausanne cathedral as the watchmen have done for centuries. Then one day a beautiful woman draws him out of the shadows—the angel his mother once promised him would come.

But Katherine Taylor is no angel. She’s one of the toughest and most resourceful call girls in Lausanne. Until something unnatural seething beneath a new client’s request sends her fleeing to the sanctuary of an unlikely protector.

Into their refuge comes Jay Harper. The private detective has awakened in Lausanne with no memory of how he got there—and only one thing driving him forward: a series of unsettling murders he feels compelled to solve.

Pray for the three strangers. They have something in common they can’t begin to imagine.


About Jon Steele

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JON STEELE worked as an award-winning cameraman for Independent Television News for more than twenty years, traveling and working through seventy-eight countries across six continents. His autobiography, War Junkie, was published in 2002, and is recognized as a cult classic about war reportage. In 2007, he lived for three months with an American combat unit in Iraq, filming their lives and recording their emotions for the heralded documentary, Baker Boys: Inside the Surge. Born in Great Falls, Montana, in 1950, Steele now lives with his wife and their cats, Zeus and Zorro, in Switzerland.
Published May 29, 2012 by Signet. 758 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Jay Harper, an amnesiac operative for the International Olympic Committee who’s been investigating a former Olympian’s bizarre death, comes across the Book of Enoch, an apocryphal book of the Bible concerned with fallen angels who intermingled with humanity.

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We get an insight into some of Katherine's clients - rich men with expensive tastes with more than enough money to buy Katherine's err...

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Shelf Awareness

But can you throw it at the cat or flatten a roach, can you hide things in it, use it as a filing system, or dribble wax onto the back cover and stick a candle on it to enhance the atmosphere of a faraway room and, in those flickering shadows, make love?"

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Earth should have been paradise, only the creator has been absent for aeons, and half the angels left behind – whose role it is to guide human souls into their next life – have gone very bad indeed.

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Geek Speak Magazine

And most especially, the Lausanne Tourist Board needs to throw Steele a parade and give him the key to the city, because even though the book makes it sound as though Lausanne is full of shadowy creatures and questionable weather and unspeakable evil, he still makes it seem like an extremely attr...

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On 29th May, The Watchers by Jon Steele is came out in hardcover by Blue Rider Press so it seemed like the perfect time to revisit this fine book and give it a proper review.

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Fiction Reviews

First, we have private detective, Jay Harper (which seems a pretty classic private dick name –think of Paul Newman’s rechristened Lew Harper character based on the Lew Archer series of books) who has lost his memory and is being played by those around him (another classic private detective trope)...

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