The Paris Directive

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 12, 2013 - Fiction - 317 pages
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In Berlin, two former French intelligence agents hire Klaus Reiner, a ruthlessly effective hit man, to eliminate an American industrialist vacationing in southwestern France. Reiner easily locates his target in the small 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, charged with bringing his experience in the capital to bear on the gruesome quadruple homicide.

Both Mazarelle's investigation and Reiner's assignment become complicated when Molly Reece, a New York City district attorney and daughter of two of the victims, arrives and begins asking questions. Though all evidence points to a local handyman, Mazarelle and Molly have their doubts, forcing Reiner to return to ensure they see things as he has arranged them--and that no one suspects the international political motives behind the murder.

 

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User Review  - Doondeck - LibraryThing

I could never get excited about this book. While Mazarelle is an interesting character in some ways, I found his background disjointed. The story did not hang together very well. There were too many plot lines and not all were cleared up by the end. Read full review

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User Review  - michigantrumpet - LibraryThing

Revealed in the first 10 pages, it's no spoiler to learn that a sociopathic assassin (is there any other kind?) has been hired by shadowy French operatives to murder someone in Tazaic, France. The ... Read full review

Contents

Berlin
3
LErmitage Taziac
15
Dordogne River Bergerac
22
Commissariat de Police Bergerac
32
Café le Riche Bergerac
47
LErmitage Taziac
58
Commissariat de Police Bergerac
69
Chez Doucette Taziac
81
Sedak Indicted
180
An Interim Report
194
The Altar of the Black Bison
200
Le Cyrano
209
Maison dArrét Périgueux
219
Loose Ends
225
The House Next Door
233
The Box to Bait the Trap
251

Centre Hospitalier de Bergerac
90
Calpe Spain
96
The Old Mill Taziac
102
2O DistrictAttorneys Office New York City
109
Police Interrogation Room Bergerac
120
The Morgue Bergerac
127
The Crime Scene
133
Mazarelles Office
143
Dargeliers IOU
153
The Meeting in Bourges
171
The Bill Comes Due
260
Treasures of Périgord
267
Back to the Wall
273
The Owls in the Cupola
281
Mazarelle Makes a Call
297
Rue de Berri
304
Mazarelle Returns
311
Acknowledgments
319
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About the author (2013)

GERALD JAY is a nom de plume. He lives in New York City and is at work on a second Mazarelle novel.

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