The Prisoner of the Riviera - The Francis Bacon Mysteries 2 (Paperback)
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The Prisoner of the Riviera - The Francis Bacon Mysteries 2 (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 26/12/2013
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In postwar France, a gambler finds that surviving his vacation may be a long shot
Peace has come to England and the blackout is over, but the gloom has yet to lift from London. One night, leaving a gambling club where he has run up a considerable tab, the young painter Francis Bacon, accompanied by his lover, sees a man gunned down in the street. They do what they can to stanch the flow of blood, but the Frenchman dies in the hospital. Soon afterward, Bacon receives a strange offer from the club owner: He will erase Bacon's debts if the painter delivers a package to the dead man's widow, Madame Renard, on the Riviera. What gambler could resist a trip to Monte Carlo?
After handing over the parcel, Bacon learns that Madame Renard is dead-and the striking young woman who accepted the delivery is an imposter. The Riviera may be lovely, but in 1945, its sun-drenched beaches can be just as dark as the back alleys of London.

Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480436008
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A writer who mixes venerated clue-chasing techniques with . . . political dynamite." -Hartford Courant
"Law draws a sympathetic, even tender study of a self-centered but essentially decent soul in the kind of torment that isn't the least poetic." -The New York Times on The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed
"Law powerfully evokes . . . uneasiness and rising tension, all in a narrative style sometimes verging on the poetic but always suspenseful." -Kirkus Reviews on The Night Bus

"Law does a bangup job of recreating London during the Blitz and portraying real-life artist Francis Bacon as an unlikely sleuth." -Publishers Weekly on Fires of London

"Artist-sleuth Francis, unflappable and acidly witty, is the star of [Janice Law's] latest nimble historical mystery series. . . . Law's crisp, wry humor, surreptitious revelations of France's deep partisan wounds, and great affection for the marvelously resourceful, suave, and irreverent Francis make for a delectably clever tale." -Booklist

"Law is close to perfect in presenting the timeless charms of the Riviera, and she's just as satisfying in shaping Bacon as a reluctant but brave and somewhat lucky sleuth. At the same time, she never allows us to lose sight of Bacon as an emerging artist of immense gifts." -Toronto Star

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