- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Nan A. Talese (June 19 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385535481
- ISBN-13: 978-0385535489
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 558 g
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,857,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Paris Directive: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Jun 19 2012
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"Outstanding! The Paris Directive is 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
"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."
"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
About the Author
GERALD JAY is a nom de plume. He lives in New York City and is at work on a second Mazarelle novel.See all Product description
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I enjoy a good mystery and love to travel in France-sooo, this was great for me. Mr. "Jay" really knows Perigord . His murderer was a really hateful criminal, his detective a lovable character. It was an exciting read and the denouement really scary.
I look forward to more like it. Thank you.
The characters are basically interesting, though not particularly well developed. The few main people moving around the French town of Taziac are pretty unique and, though he may have been given too many shortcomings, Inspector Mazarelle comes across as a combination of Poirot and Columbo. I'm still not sure just how well that combination will work for a series.
Halfway through the book, I was stunned by actions of one of the characters. I dislike books that take supposedly smart people and have them do dumb things just so the story can take a twist. In this case it was unbelievably dumb given the circumstances. The rest of the book became totally predictable. This caused me to cringe while reading; never a good thing.
Getting through the rest of the book was more chore than fun. But, finish it I did. Characters acting out of character does not make for a believable story. And, while some "coincidences" are bound to happen in the world, too many, involving the same people, and occurring in a short period of time (not to mention at just the right moment - but I"ll mention it anyway) take a book with an interesting premise and turn it into a book that's just OK. Per Amazon, that's three stars.
The best thing about this book is the author’s amazing understanding of human nature, the quirky characters, and being practically transported to Europe while reading it because it looks like the author either lived and worked in Europe for years or spent a lot of time there. The main character who initially sounds and looks a lot like Poirot is so relatable and likeable until he beats a suspect while questioning and allows torturing him by police twice his size. The book also has a depressing and dark tone without anything uplifting and no character one can relate to. As much as writing is wonderful, the question is does one want to read a book with racial stereotypes and a main character who is violent against a defenseless person.
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