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A Dead Man in Tangier
Seymour of Special Branch book #4

by Michael Pearce

      Here is a fourth case for Seymour of Special Branch, this time in Tangier. His task is to find out who killed Monsieur Bossu, clerk to a new international committee that must not fail. Bossu met his end via a lance, while out pig-sticking, and as usual Seymour is going to have his work cut out for him to discover by whom, why and what to do about it.

Michael Pearce is a master at this type of thing, a story revolving around the intricate politics of a country going through what the Chinese would term "interesting times". Aided and abetted by a wisecracking pair of locals (who are not allowed to dominate the story) Seymour has to unravel the clues that will crack the case, without setting a match to the powder keg political situation. How he does this and what he encounters in the form of bureaucracy, international relations and personal agendas makes for an absorbing story. It is another of this authorís beautifully concocted tales about progress replacing the old order, and what happens when east meets west. This is a tale to read slowly and to savor, just the right length and infinitely satisfying on more than one level.

The Book

Constable (Constable & Robinson)
27 September 2007
Historical Crime [1912, Tangier, Morocco]
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2007
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