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Author: Peter May Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Enzo Files Release Date: May 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481572873

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What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a betone that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, 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 a cold case.

Enzo goes to Paris to meet journalist Roger Raffin, the author of a book on seven celebrated unsolved murders, the assumption being that Gaillard is dead. He needs Raffin’s notes, and armed with these, he begins his quest. It quickly has him touring landmarks such as the Paris catacombs and a château in Champagne, digging up relics and bones. Then Enzo finds the actual head of Jacques Gaillard. The artifacts buried with the skull set him to interpreting the clues they provide and following in someone’s footsteps—maybe more than one someone—seeking the rest of Gaillard’s remains and reviewing some ancient and recent history. As with any quest, it’s as much discovery as detection, and Enzo, despite all his missteps, proves to be an ace investigator, scientific and intuitive, who definitely meets his goals.

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  • “Action-packed…and rather thrilling denouement in the catacombs of Paris.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “An intriguing mystery with an engaging hero.”

    - Daily Telegraph (London)
  • “Brisk and thrilling…The layers of complexity bode well for future installments.”

    - Baltimore Sun
  • “Clever and interesting people on a chase around Europe, following a series of mysterious clues through ancient and modern history.”

    - San Jose Mercury-News
  • “In the first breezy installment of a projected new series from Scottish author May, Enzo Macleod, a Scottish forensic biologist who lives in France, bets that he can solve an old case with new science…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.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “May, known for his award-winning thriller series set in China, has written a thoroughly engaging puzzle mystery that may appeal to patrons who enjoy group crime solving à la Christopher Fowler’s Peculiar Crimes Unit or Caleb Carr’s The Alienist.”

    - Library Journal
  • “May provides abundant local color and writes with measured authority. The results are as engaging as they are cerebral.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “A suspenseful, engrossing read.”

    - Crimespree Magazine

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " First read by this author...good mystery and suspense, thought it would be slow at times but kept action and me thinking what would happen next. Plan to read the next one! "

    - Kathy, 2/6/2014
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    " Scavenger hunt type discoveries were very clever. "

    - Joy, 1/27/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Totally enjoyed it! Can't wait to read more of the Enzo Files. "

    - Anne, 1/14/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enzo Mcleod, a Scottish forensic biologist turned French biology professor, takes a bet to solve a 10 year old missing person case. The cash turns into a scavenger hunt through France. Was surprised in the end. It was impossible to stop reading. Looking forward to the next of the "Enzo Files". "

    - Deveney, 12/8/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Puzzle mystery featuring Scottish forensic scientist who moves to France and solves mystery on a bet. Interesting family dynamics "

    - Allison, 11/2/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was an "extraordinary" book.The first in the Enzo series by Peter May and the first of his books that I had read. Wonderful plot taking many twists and turns. Will look forward to reading more of his Enzo series book. "

    - Bill, 10/25/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is going to be the next big movie!!! Can't wait for the next in the series, very well written "

    - Jennifer, 7/15/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and other locations, but the plot devices reminded me of a Dan Brown thriller. I prefer Peter May's Lewis trilogy, but I'll probably try others in this series. "

    - Lois, 7/15/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read this one after I read the third in the series. The third is a significant improvement. Still I enjoyed this one. Although there is an obvious pattern to Enzo's love affairs, the ongoing story of his daughters by two wives and his best friend is intriguing as was this puzzle mystery. "

    - Wyma, 7/6/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyed the French/Scottish influences in the book. "

    - Joanpagan, 4/13/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Felt like a cross between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and National Treasure, but a lot less dark than Larsson. Fun and easy to read, although some of the clues did seem a bit unrealistic. "

    - Allan, 11/23/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Really enjoyed this one. A nice mix of history and mystery. "

    - Ariana, 8/26/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this series. The main character is interesting and there aren't that many mysteries set in France. "

    - Cindy, 7/29/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Forensic science set in France. Uptodate version using "google" hope they got proceeds. Enjoyed the mystery and found myself googling with them to understand the puzzles. "

    - Karen, 7/11/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Reminded me of The DiVinci Code. It started slowly but had interesting characters and an exciting conclusion. "

    - Kenny, 5/24/2012
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " LJ gave this series a high recommendation, but I found it too slow to hold interest. Hey, I like me my literary novels, but I don't look for word count in a mystery. I was on page 133 and the mystery portion of this could have filled 15-20 pages. "

    - Ryan, 5/18/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was very "academic" in a way, but the details didn't bog the story down. I also got a real sense of place, which I liked. And, since I was in Reims this summer, I really enjoyed that chapter! "

    - Jess, 5/12/2012

About the Author

Peter May, born and raised in Scotland, was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland’s most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels. He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA’s Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 Entry Island won the Deanston’s Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year Award.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.