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by Martin O'Brien

When you're a copy in Marseilles, threats of violence and revenge go with the territory. Ususally they come to nothing, but when friends and colleagues start turning up dead, it soon becomes clear that someone from Jacquot's past has a score to settle. The first to die is a bride on her wedding day. She's been shot in the head. And an eye has been removed. The second to die is the wife of a high-ranking officer in the Marseilles homicide squad. Her throat has been cut and a tooth removed. When a third body is found, there's a hand missing; and the fourth body has had a foot sawn off. The message couldn't be clearer -- an eye for any eye, a tooth for a tooth, and so on. But not only that. In order to sweeten the revenge and cause the greatest pain, his victims are never the names on the list but the people closest to them. When Jacquot realises that he's the target, he knows that unless he can track down the killer then someone he loves will pay the price.
Download Blood Counts: A Daniel Jacquot Novel epub
ISBN: 1848090587
ISBN13: 978-1848090583
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Martin O'Brien
Language: English
Publisher: Preface Publishing (November 29, 2010)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1827 kb
FB2 size: 1234 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 714
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If you like police procedurals where you just have to figure out how the hero will solve the crime, then the Daniel Jacquot series may be more than you want. If, on the other hand, you don't mind turning pages past midnight to find out if he'll win while solving the crime, then read this book.
Every writer of a series knows that part of the success of a series is that readers grow to identify with and like the characters. This is true to such an extent that authors may sometimes sacrifice suspense by becoming predictable. In this book, however, you quickly learn that you can't take anything for granted when "blood counts". You'll have to remind yourself to breathe during the last few chapters.
Have been following the career of the lovable,roguish and very astute French detective and former rugby star, Daniel Jacquot,for several years. The character is so rich I would love to meet him! Martin O'Brien obviously got to know France very well during his years with Vogue magazine and he conjures up wonderful images of the French way of life - the food, the wine etc as well as some rolliking good detective whodunits. Makes me almost want to move to France. More please!
Well developed story - great read.
Interesting context (south of France), fine characters--especially the protagonist, Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot and a finely honed plot so full of tension that I found myself talking back to the text more than once ("No, don't do that!") The book has an appropriately smashing ending that guarantees to double the reader's heart rate before the last paragraph.

What I thought was especially fine about the story line was the exquisitely thought out concept of revenge, which. early on occurs without any obvious logic and takes down really decent people that the reader has been persuaded to care about. Eventually the Corsican connection with the matter leads to some explanation of the otherwise random killings, but that clarification only seems to intensify the terror already established in the story line.

I read a lot of international crime novels and I have to say that "Blood Counts" is one of the best I've come across in recent months. Kudos to author Martin O'Brien. I will be scanning Amazon reviews for other books by this very skilled writer.
Things that I like about this series:

The development of the characters and relationships of Jacquot, his friends and co-workers, his partner Claudine and her daughter. The continuity from one book to the next is always well handled - enough background to clarify without detracting from the current story line.

The setting - Marseilles and the small towns of the Luberon, so vividly described that you can smell the sea and the lavender fields, taste the food and wine, but it never turns into a travelogue.

The facts that so far the action happens in the 1990s - pre-Euro, pre-omnipresent cell phones and instantaneous Internet answers to everything. It means that what gets the job done is old fashioned police work and the occasional lucky break .

This story concerns a group of apparently unrelated murders that turn out to be the directly tied to Jacquot's most recent case. A couple of thugs were killed and their scary Corsican sisters are out to wreak a terrible revenge on all of the law enforcement personnel involved. Including, at the end, Jacquot. A lot of good plot twists and some nail biting action at the end make for a satisfying read.