Death on the Rive Nord (Lucas Rocco, #2)

Death on the Rive Nord (Lucas Rocco, #2) Picardie, 1963 A Truck Drops Illegal Workers By A Deserted Stretch Of Canal In The Dead Of Night Days Later, One Of Them Surfaces, Stabbed To Death Inspector Lucas Rocco Must Trace His Fellow Travellers But Trawling For Illegal Arrivals Is A Sensitive Issue. Interesting Background is refuges and immigration, legal and illegal, a problem we associate with recent times, but one that has been around since the rise of the nation state And also interesting with the different layers of government and police Have to love a
Very well written with great characters Didn t want to put it down Death on the Rive Nord by Adrian MagsonPublished by Allison Busby, August 2011 ISBN 978 0 7490 0839 0The discovery of a dead Algerian in a canal sets Inspector Lucas Rocco on the tail of an organised group of people traffickers Rocco is a city cop who has been moved from Paris to the French countryside Picardie, not quite what he is used to, either for him or his new colleagues, although, he has established a friendship with Claude Lamotte, the local garde champetre, who has helped his acceptance with the villagers Unfortunately he has served with his new boss Commissaire Francois Massin in a different capacity Rocco knows things about Massin that he, Massin would not like made public, so they exist in an uneasy unspoken thinly veiled hostility In 1963 Algerian immigrants are welcome in France, but not illegals However, as Massin points out the whole Algerian thing is a sensitive issue and not one in which he wants to get caught up.Whilst investigating the death in the canal Rocco meets the beautiful Nicole, which brings him to the attention of the chilling Algerian gangster Samir Ferek, and his enforcer the huge killer Bouhassa, who seem to be moving up from the south leaving a trail of death in their wake As killings occur Rocco realises that Ferek is moving ever closer, killing anyone who stands
Just realised I forgot to add a review for this novel Another fun outing for Inspector Lucas Rocco with his natty suits and English shoes a dress sense he shares with my other new favourite detective Jan Fabel , playful fruit bats in the attic and an attentive neighbour who proves handily resourceful The crime plot certainly has contemporary resonance though the setting is 1963, with illegal immigrants being trafficked as cheap labour into France from North Africa Attention is drawn when one turns up dead near Poissons les Marais, Rocco s patch Rocco uncovers inks to organised crime and then there s the arrival from Algiers of a new Mr Big in the Paris underworld, searching for his runaway wife and son, a matter of honour and face Rocco s chivalry and sense of justice conflict with his duties as a policeman due to his dealings with this beautiful lady in need of assistance to escape her brutal gangster husbandor is she really as helpless as she appears I like the enigmatic nature of this character As in the first Rocco novel there are tensions between the police and politicians, intensified by conflict in Algeria in this period and the potential for unrest in France, something I admit to not knowing much about but that s one of the attractions of reading historical crime fiction, isn t it, to explore the history and culture of other countries Tense and i
Don t usually read a book with such energy akin to my long forgotten teenage years but here is a real page turner for even a 50 year old like me The second book in this excellent series of detective work in rural France in the 1960s No attempt to dwell in a less troubled era real crime here Maigret than Heartbeat certainly but closer still in the story telling and mo
A fast paced page turner set in Amiens, 1963, when Inspector Rocco investigates the death of a man smuggled into the country from Algeria I read this book or less in one sitting, as I couldn t put it down Inspector Rocco is a vigorous and inimitable law enforcer who, in this book, becomes influenced by an attractive woman on the run from her brutal gangster husband The plot has many
Great book I am new to this author and took a chance because it was set in France and wasn t set in present time.I have since read two books and a short story.It is the kind of book that is a pleasure to read , and you don t want to put down.The illegal immigrant theme resonates with today.Loved it Great series , can t wait for the next one to read This was your run of the mill crime novel, nothing surprising and nothing out of the ordinary. Somewhat too blokey and violent for my taste but not too much of either to stop it being an interesting read from a particular time in French history.

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  • Hardcover
  • 381 pages
  • Death on the Rive Nord (Lucas Rocco, #2)
  • Adrian Magson
  • English
  • 09 December 2018
  • 9780749008390