When a minor Paris criminal is found stabbed in the neck on a country lane in Picardie it looks like another case for Inspector Lucas Rocco. But instead he is called off to watch over a Gabonese government minister, hiding out in France following a coup.
Meanwhile, Rocco discovers that there is a contract on his head taken out by an Algerian gang leader with a personal grudge against him. Against orders, he follows some leads on the original murder case, discovering as he does so that the threats against him are real. The minister he is protecting is kidnapped, and it soon becomes apparent that the murder, the threats and the minister's kidnap are all interconnected...
World English Language: The Dome Press
"I found this a very gripping police procedural, very evocative of the enticing French way of life - you could almost taste the hot buttered croissants and smell the Gitane cigarettes on every page." Terry Halligan, Eurocrime
"Adrian Magson is a classic crime star in the making." Daily Mail