A clear cut case?
A re-examination of a closed police case brings investigator, Jacques Forêt, up against an old adversary. After the murder of a key witness, Jacques finds himself, and his team, being pursued.
When a vital piece of evidence throws a completely different light on Jacques’ case, his adversary becomes more aggressive, and Investigating Magistrate Pelletier threatens to sequester all of Jacques’ papers and to shut down the investigation.
Can Jacques find all the answers before Pelletier steps in?
Targeted Age Group:: Adult audiences only
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is the third book in the series and the idea for the story first came to me whilst I was visiting Mende and the surrounding area, in south central France. Montbel is a real village about 30 or so kilometres north east of Mende, where my character, Jacques, has his fictitious office and team. The village is very small and, remembering that I ate in a local restaurant when i visited some years ago, I was disappointed to find that it was no longer there. But, that fact set my mind working and I soon had a new investigation for Jacques.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I'm an actor as well as a writer and I use my training on stage to create the characters in my books. I subject them all to an intensive interview so that I know everything about them – from banal stuff such as, favourite colour or pair of shoes, right through to their greatest regret, or their greatest acheivement, in their lives thus far. When I'm writing, I live through my characters, so it's very important to me that I know exactly who they are and what they are capable of – good or bad.
…families fracture, Monsieur Forêt. No one desires it or intends it, but it happens. A harsh, unforgiving word begets a rash and revengeful action, and a sliver of ice takes hold in a dark corner of the hearts of those at odds with each other. And there it wedges itself, the frost gradually deepening and destroying. One of us has to stop the cold, as this impasse can continue no longer. I have to put things right with my son, Monsieur…
June 3rd, 2011.
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