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Pel And The Touch Of Pitch [Paperback]

Mark Hebden

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Book Description

May 30 2001 Inspector Pel Mysteries
When Chief Inspector Pel accepts a drinks invitation at the house of a big shot, Deputy Claude Barclay, he doesn’t realize how compromised he will become by his acceptance. Shortly afterward, Barclay is kidnapped; the partially decomposed body of a retired soldier is discovered in a wood and a series of art forgeries need investigating. Pel must tie all three together and solve a scandal that has become the talk of France.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (May 30 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842329022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842329023
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,191,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel ( Pel Among the Pueblos and Pel and the Pirates ) will welcome this latest mystery. On the eve of national elections local Deputy Claude Barclayart collector, hero of Dien Bien Phu and patron of many worthy causesis kidnapped. Paris suspects terrorists and sends a special squad to Burgundy to investigate. The newspapers have a field day, implying all sorts of international and political plots as well as police ineptitude. The special squad leader removes Pel from the case because he had once been a guest at Barclay's home. At the same time, Pel is working on a murder of an old soldier, while his assistant, Sergeant Jean-Luc Nosjean, is investigating a series of art forgeries, one of them possibly involving a painting of Barclay's. As a connection begins to develop between the cases, the irascible Pel works behind the scenes to solve the kidnapping. Along the way he discovers a most luxurious house of ill repute and, as always, confounds his enemies. Hebden delivers another delightful police procedural, French style, with some nice touches on country life and the private lives of the cops.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Harris, who also wrote under the pen names of Mark Hebden and Max Hennessy, was born in 1916. He authored the best-selling and later filmed The Sea Shall Not Have Them, a story of survival and rescue from World War II that continues to be periodically screened on TV. He was a sailor, an airman, a journalist, a travel courier, a cartoonist, and a history teacher. During the war, Harris managed to serve with two air forces and two navies. After turning to full-time writing, he wrote adventure stories, war novels, political thrillers, and also created a sequence of crime novels around the quirky French Chief Inspector Pel, centered primarily in Burgundy, but occasionally Paris and elsewhere. Harris was unusually versatile and wide ranging as an author. His epics, modern war-at-sea stories, African adventure novels, wide-ranging crime, mysteries, and historical fiction, all guarantee a whole library of diverse and entertaining reading full of dry wit and gripping prose.

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