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Lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back in another beguiling, as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the South of France.

At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure—and the threat of some very powerful enemies! — Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles.

But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul — the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees it — asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement... to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and sharklike developers on the other.

Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed—with luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam’s friends — in the novel’s wonderfully satisfying climax.

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"Mayle (A Year in Provence) sends readers on a breezy excursion to southern France's least appreciated city in this entertaining crime novel filled with amiable digressions into the history, cuisine, and local culture of Marseille. Los Angelino sleuth Sam Levitt returns for his second foray into the dark side of finance and real estate development in Provence's scruffy metropolis, offering breezy opinions on bouillabaisse, the countryside, and the region's centuries-old distrust of Parisians, amid talk of fine wines and underhanded deals. Sam and his girlfriend, Elena, insinuate themselves into a scheme to give their billionaire client, Francois Reboul, familiar to fans of Mayle's The Vintage Caper, a leg up in the proposed waterfront development, sidestepping the decades-long enmity of Jerome Patrimonio, head of the selection committee and Reboul's bitter rival. It's a genial, lighthearted piece of skullduggery that wends its way forward with appealing, authentic local color, until the main competitor for the development, the brutish, one-dimensional British tycoon, Lord Wapping, ups the stakes with a bit of heavy-handed kidnapping. Mayle's cast of fondly crafted characters mobilize the capering elements of the title as the adventure comes to a satisfactory conclusion. 100,000 announced first printing. Agent: Ernest Chapman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Oh, what a delicious little book this is…like an excellent meal at a beloved restaurant, you’ll savor every morsel, and you’ll be sorry to see it end.” The Denver Post

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“Totally fun....This is sophisticated writing without a snobby tone.” Booklist

About the Author

Peter Mayle is the author of six previous novels and six books of nonfiction, most of which are set in France. He has received the Légion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions.

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Nieyda, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Nieyda)
A fun book that I enjoyed reading. Sam is enlisted by the same rich & powerful French man (Francis Reboul) who was the subject of the wine theft in "The Vintage Caper." Here, Francis asks Sam to be his voice/face for a bid he is making for a real estate venture. Sam & Elena head to Marseille and the fun begins.

If you like a light adventure story accompanied by plenty of descriptions of food/wine along with the natural beauty of southern France, you will enjoy this book.
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clowry, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by clowry)
Different but entertaining.
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ISBN:
9780307594198
Author:
Mayle, Peter
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Travel - France
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.66 x 5.87 x 0.93 in 0.9 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mayle (A Year in Provence) sends readers on a breezy excursion to southern France's least appreciated city in this entertaining crime novel filled with amiable digressions into the history, cuisine, and local culture of Marseille. Los Angelino sleuth Sam Levitt returns for his second foray into the dark side of finance and real estate development in Provence's scruffy metropolis, offering breezy opinions on bouillabaisse, the countryside, and the region's centuries-old distrust of Parisians, amid talk of fine wines and underhanded deals. Sam and his girlfriend, Elena, insinuate themselves into a scheme to give their billionaire client, Francois Reboul, familiar to fans of Mayle's The Vintage Caper, a leg up in the proposed waterfront development, sidestepping the decades-long enmity of Jerome Patrimonio, head of the selection committee and Reboul's bitter rival. It's a genial, lighthearted piece of skullduggery that wends its way forward with appealing, authentic local color, until the main competitor for the development, the brutish, one-dimensional British tycoon, Lord Wapping, ups the stakes with a bit of heavy-handed kidnapping. Mayle's cast of fondly crafted characters mobilize the capering elements of the title as the adventure comes to a satisfactory conclusion. 100,000 announced first printing. Agent: Ernest Chapman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Oh, what a delicious little book this is…like an excellent meal at a beloved restaurant, you’ll savor every morsel, and you’ll be sorry to see it end.”
"Review" by , “Totally fun....This is sophisticated writing without a snobby tone.”
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