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Friday, December 30, 2011

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: THE LUCAS ROCCO TRILLERS!

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: THE LUCAS ROCCO TRILLERS!

ADRIAN MAGSON

THIS SERIES SET IN 1960’S FRANCE, FEATURING POLICE INSPECTOR LUCAS ROCCO, GIVES ME THE SAME GREAT VIBE AS DONNA LEON’S COMMISARIO GUIDO BRUNETTI SERIES SET IN ITALY . . .

DEATH ON THE MARIS

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She was going to die. She could feel it, her life ebbing away as surely as fine sand through fingers.
France, 1963. It's a time of great change, not least for Inspector Lucas Rocco. As part of a nationwide 'initiative' to broaden police operations, he finds himself moved from the Paris metropolis to a small village. His new patch might be rural, but it's certainly not uneventful: on his first day, he finds a murdered woman wearing a Gestapo uniform lying in a British military cemetery.

When the body is removed by order of a magistrate from the police mortuary before Rocco can finish his investigation, he realises he's up against a formidable enemy. An enemy who will go to any lengths – even murder – to stop his investigation.

DEATH ON THE RIVER NORD

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Picardie, 1963. A truck drops a group of illegal workers by a deserted stretch of canal in the dead of night near Poissons-les-Marais, desperate travellers in a pipeline, searching for a better life. Days later, one of them surfaces, stabbed to death.

For Inspector Lucas Rocco, finding the victim’s fellow travellers presents problems. Most Algerian immigrants are welcome, but trawling for any who aren’t is a sensitive issue loaded with threats of civil unrest – something which terrifies his bosses in the Ministry. And when Rocco is ordered to stay away from one factory where he suspects illegals are employed, it goes against everything he knows.

However, his difficulties have barely begun. One of the illegals is a young woman with a small child, on the run from her brutal husband, Samir Farek, an Algerian gangster who has threatened to kill them both.

But Farek has another, bigger agenda: to take over as gang lord in Paris. With a history of disposing of anyone who crosses him – a fate he is happy to mete out even to a senior policeman who gets in his way – the potential consequences are frightening. Caught between his instinct to protect a vulnerable woman and her child, of obeying bosses interested only in preserving the status quo, and facing the threat of a dangerous gangster who recognises no boundaries in the murderous pursuit of his plans, Rocco begins to wonder how long he can survive.

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