The Pink Panther [NOOK Book]

Overview

Oui, the mystery of the missing
Pink Panther Diamond is as good as solved!
Only one question remains:
Who stole the Pink Panther Diamond?

A famous coach is murdered in a crowded stadium. His most-prized possession—a ring set with the stunning Pink Panther Diamond—has vanished in the melee. The French government needs a master detective on the case, but the head of the Paris...

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Overview

Oui, the mystery of the missing
Pink Panther Diamond is as good as solved!
Only one question remains:
Who stole the Pink Panther Diamond?

A famous coach is murdered in a crowded stadium. His most-prized possession—a ring set with the stunning Pink Panther Diamond—has vanished in the melee. The French government needs a master detective on the case, but the head of the Paris Police Bureau is unwilling to jeopardize his chances for the Medal of Honor with such a difficult, high-profile assignment. Surely Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a clumsy provincial gendarme with a knack for ignoring the obvious, could fill in without upstaging his superiors. Within seconds he proves his genius by narrowing the list down to just 60,000 suspects!

Pink Panther fans know Clouseau will recover the missing gem, bring a killer to justice, restore a Republic's damaged pride, and win the gratitude of an adoring nation. And he'll attempt to beguile the beautiful singer rumored to be at the center of the whole felonious affair. But the real mystery is how the bumbling detective will actually do it!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061749346
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 251,162
  • File size: 465 KB

Meet the Author

Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His other books include the New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the USA Today bestselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the graphic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, to long runs as scripter of the Dick Tracy comic strip and his own innovative Ms. Tree. Collins is also a screenwriter and a leading indie filmmaker in his native Iowa, where he lives with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan.

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The Pink Panther


By Max Collins

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Max Collins
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060797231

Chapter One

Fatal Flaw

On the day that would lead to the greatest mistake of his notable career, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus of the Police Nationale of France basked in a sunshine both literal and figurative.

He did not follow football -- soccer, like all sports, held no interest for him -- nor was his life consumed with any passion other than what he considered a selfless dedication to his chosen profession ... and what his detractors had determined was a lust for self-glorification.

In any case, his attendance at the semi-final game of the international championships had nothing to do with whether France defeated China to advance to the final game. Nor did it re-flect national pride, such as that exhibited by the normally distinguished individual beside whom Dreyfus sat -- Clochard, the Minister of Justice; or for that matter, the President himself, seated beside Clochard.

Both dignitaries were -- like all the fans in the Grand Stadium -- anticipating the start of the competition and cheering like schoolgirls at the "big game." Behind the placid mask of his coolly handsome face, Dreyfus concealed a mild contempt for such lack of self-control.

And yet these men mattered to Dreyfus, and explained his presence in the VIP box, amid darkly anonymous Secret Service agents. That the chief inspector was here, in such august company, indicated an honor in the offing, specifically his recent nomination for the national Medal of Honor.

Dreyfus had been so nominated seven times.

Circumstance and politics had conspired against him, however, and he had not yet prevailed; still, none of his countrymen could boast of such a feat -- seven nominations! That itself was an honor -- wasn't it?

Wasn't it? But for a man of dignity -- and dignity was so very important to Chief Inspector Dreyfus -- it pained him to notice the relative shabbiness of his suit compared to that of the Justice Minister.

This, however, was mildly galling. It did not compare to the spike of irritation Dreyfus experienced upon the entry into the vast arena of Yves Gluant, the coach of the French team. The narcissistic and (by Dreyfus's way of thinking) conventionally handsome boor carried himself like a movie star -- and the crowd responded with an ovation as excessive as it had become customary.

What had this man ever accomplished, Dreyfus wondered, to deserve such love and respect from his fellow citizens? Chief Inspector Dreyfus had personally put away scores of dangerous criminals, and supervised hundreds of arrests that had resulted in convictions. Dreyfus had led his men into battle against Mafiosi and Yakuza and even these new Russian criminals -- whereas Gluant would today take his soldiers onto a field against the Chinese . . . to kick around a little white ball.

As the stadium announcer introduced him, Gluant stepped from his team's box to greet the crowd, granting them a smile and a raised fist. Sunlight caught the jewel on the ring of his upthrust hand, as he conspicuously turned toward each section of the crowd, which went wild in successive waves.

Most of the crowd, that is: Chief Inspector Dreyfus remained seated, arms folded, forcing a tiny smile, in case anyone was looking. Mustn't appear bitter.

Bitterness was, after all, the mark of the small minded. And Dreyfus was big. So very big.

As the popular coach turned to face each side of the madly cheering stadium -- giving everyone present the opportunity to take in the diamond on his ring, the storied jewel seemed to wink at each attendee personally. Dreyfus could only inwardly shake his head, thinking of how sad it was that the great nation of France had descended to the worship of acquisition. Let the Americans follow such shallow pursuits if they liked! But for the French to view a stone, a diamond, as somehow the symbol of its success on the field of sport . . .

As absurd a concept as it was distasteful.

And yet even Dreyfus -- if he could be honest with himself (which he of course could not) -- would have had to admit that this jewel was indeed special. This was the most famous stone in all of Europe, perhaps the world, with a history so fabled, so bloody, as to put the Maltese Falcon to shame. From the Middle East to Asia, from America to France itself, the celebrated diamond had cut a swath of death, betrayal and destruction.

The irony was that the stone's size and perfection did not constitute its most famous aspect; in fact, the diamond was not "perfect" at all -- at its center, a tiny flaw could be perceived, which some ancient Arab potentate had said resembled a leaping panther.

A pink panther.

Dreyfus watched with detachment and yet with the eye for detail of an exemplary detective. Throughout the entire stadium, he alone noticed that the team lined up on the field included one player who flashed the tiniest tellingly negative expression as their coach joined them ...

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Crazy

    It is amazing it is just like the movie

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    from the readers

    This book is a laugh out loud feeling book hat will encourage you to keep reading. It is a brilliant story of a murder misery and something you will want to read again and again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    READ ME!!!

    the pink panther is a GREAT book it has mysteries for him to solve and he got murdered on the way!!! the pink panther is a book that anyone can read. If u are not a mysterie type person it doesn't matter because this book rarely is a mysterie if it didn't say grand mysterie on the cover noone would really know!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Hilarius

    Such an awesome movie, cant wait to read the book!~ &#9835 Autumn &#9835

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Pink panther ring

    Hey guys um i like the pink panther because it has alot of humor!!!Also steve martin is so funny.Al right bye!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Pink panther

    Pink panther is a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Fablous

    This book was one of the best books I have ever read. This book is very well writen. This book is great for aged 9-12

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Pantherstar

    Warriors den! A den for all the clans hardworking and trustworthy protectors and hunters! Here they can sleep next to their special someone, friends, and kin in nests soft with moss and feathers.~Pantherstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Awsome

    I love it

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    Posted April 29, 2012

    ANY TOMMS NEED A MATE

    My name is Firepool and i need a mate" a s e xy blac she cat with gren eyes says. I want kits and will have s e x if wanted. eade comply at lovein (not a typo) second result

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    Posted April 28, 2012

    Bluerain

    (Sorry i was gone) smiles

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Love it

    Good for adults.

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