- Tapa dura: 344 páginas
- Editor: Poisoned Pen Press; Edición: US ed (30 de noviembre de 2006)
- Colección: Enzo Files S.
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1590583353
- ISBN-13: 978-1590583357
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
Extraordinary People (Enzo Files S.) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 30 nov 2006
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"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.)" --Publishers Weekly
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What has happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher who trained some of France's best and brightest at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration as future Prime Ministers and Presidents vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. Talk about your cold case. The mystery inspires a bet, one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland 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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The crime turns out to be more gruesome and bizarre than anyone imagined. And solving it involves deciphering clues that are like riddles left by the killer or killers for some unknown reason. These are not clues the reader has hope of interpreting – too arcane and obscure. But Enzo is brilliant, and so is his student assistant – and with the help of the Internet and forensics, they triumph.
So this is a very intellectual mystery, despite the gory nature of the crime.
Enzo's complex relationships add interest. He has a daughter who hates him for good reason and a younger daughter who loves him unconditionally. He left his first wife, and his second wife died. Now there's a new romantic element in his life, a strangely distant and wildly passionate woman who and keeps sending him mixed messages.
This is not my favorite Peter May book. I found the motivation of the crime unbelievable and the clues too convoluted. But the book is well written, and redolent with Parisian atmosphere. I’ll read the next book in the series just to find out what happens next in Enzo's life. He's an engaging character.
Living in France for almost twenty years, Enzo and his teenage daughter Sophie managed well. But he had another daughter living not too distant – Kirsty would have nothing to do with him however. Even on the one occasion he waited for her and begged her to listen to him, she sent him on his way, stating she never wanted to see him again.
The discovery of a dismembered head buried in the vast underground tunnels of Paris, and the clues that accompanied it meant Enzo’s challenge had just deepened. Could he solve the puzzle? And what would it mean if he did? Enzo’s quest was inviting danger – this was one murder that the killer thought he had got away with; and he would do anything to stop Enzo in his tracks…
Extraordinary People is #1 in the Enzo Files series by Scottish author Peter May and I enjoyed it very much. A fast paced thriller with twists and turns to keep the reader on his/her toes; I certainly didn’t guess the identity of the killer until the reveal. Highly recommended.