Extraordinary People (Enzo Files Series #1)

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What has happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher who trained some of Frances best and brightest at the cole Nationale dAdministration vanished ten years ago. The mystery inspires a bet, one that Scottish biologist Enzo Macleod can ill afford to lose. The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to an old case.

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Overview

What has happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher who trained some of Frances best and brightest at the cole Nationale dAdministration vanished ten years ago. The mystery inspires a bet, one that Scottish biologist Enzo Macleod can ill afford to lose. The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to an old case.

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Publishers Weekly
In the first breezy installment of a projected new series from Scottish author May (The Firemaker), Enzo Macleod, a Scottish forensic biologist who lives in France, bets that he can solve an old case with new science. Lonely and bored with his teaching career, the widowed biologist takes on the unsolved case of Jacques Gaillard, a public intellectual with a controversial political career who disappeared without a trace 10 years earlier. With the help of his adored daughter, Sophie, and new flame, Charlotte, a beautiful psychologist trained in criminal profiling, Enzo traverses France and Germany to follow a series of clues that lead to scattered body parts and Gaillard's dangerous killers. Despite some unlikely coincidences, this travelogue-cum-murder mystery makes for a fun puzzle. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Forensic scientist Enzo Macleod, who 20 years ago left his wife, daughter, and career in Scotland for a young Frenchwoman, now lives in Cahors with his French daughter and teaches biology. On a bet, he decides to solve the ten-year-old disappearance of a high-ranking French diplomat. He follows the trail of clues, which have been buried with various pieces of the diplomat who is indeed dead. Along the way, Enzo assembles an unusual team of researchers including his daughter, her boyfriend, and a student from Enzo's biology class. May, known for his award-winning thriller series set in China, has written a thoroughly engaging puzzle mystery that may appeal to patrons who enjoy group crime solving la Christopher Fowler's Peculiar Crimes Unit (Ten Second Staircase) or Caleb Carr's The Alienist. May lives in France. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/06.] Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A forensic scientist traces the mysterious disappearance of a French television personality. An oblique prologue hints at a dark crime in 1996 Paris. In the present, Scottish biologist Enzo Macleod, who's worked for law enforcement in his native land, comes to the City of Lights with two goals. His first ends in failure when his estranged daughter Kirsty, now settled in Paris, slams the door in his face because she still hasn't forgiven him for leaving her mother. Enzo meets with journalist Roger Raffin, who specializes in unsolved crimes, concerning his second goal: unraveling the mystery surrounding Jacques Gaillard, a high-profile TV pundit who vanished ten years ago. Enzo feels an inexplicably strong bond with the eclectic Gaillard, whose passions were intellectual rather than carnal. The trail unfolds as a series of mini-mysteries, most with strong puzzle elements. Enzo confirms his hunch, through a DNA test of blood traces found on the altar of a church he frequented, that Gaillard was murdered. Then it's time to reconstruct Gaillard's skull from discovered fragments. As the case becomes more complicated and dangerous, Enzo's elder daughter Sophie and Raffin's estranged wife Charlotte, with whom Enzo becomes involved, get caught in the cross hairs. Raffin plays Watson to Enzo's Holmes as they piece the tantalizing clues together. May (The Firemaker, 2005) provides abundant local color and writes with measured authority. The results are as engaging as they are cerebral.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590583357
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Series: Enzo Files Series, #1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at the age of 21, and had his first novel published at 26. He then left journalism and became one of Scotland's most successful and prolific television dramatists. Returning now to novels, his outstanding China Thrillers series of books are winning critical acclaim. To research the series, Peter May makes annual trips to China. As a mark of their respect for his work, The Chinese Crime Writers' Association made him an honorary member of their Beijing Chapter. He is the only Westerner to receive such an honour. Peter May is married to writer Janice Hally and lives in France.

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    In 1996 Paris, Ecole Nationale d¿Administration teacher and politician Jacques Gaillard vanishes without a trace. His disappearance has become a legendary cold case never resolved.-------------- University Professor Enzo Macleod left his wife Linda and daughter Kirsty behind in Scotland two decades ago to start a new family in Cahors. He has a second daughter Sophie, but remains estranged from Kirsty who accuses him of deserting her. He makes a bet with a friend that he can solve the mystery of Gaillard. He follows clues that seem to go nowhere and everywhere as he and his team travel to Germany and all over France finding body parts. Enzo¿s efforts bring him to the attention of cold blooded killers who want Gaillard to remain a legendary cold case.--------------- Though some implausible events occur, readers will appreciate this delightful western European mystery due in part to the solid cast especially Enzo and to the clues that tell much about the life of Gaillard just before he vanished. The story line is fast-paced as Enzo and his team follows the leads to Germany and much of France. The climax is a fabulous finale that will leave readers clamoring for more inquires by the Professor and his team.------------- Harriet Klausner

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