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 shark-like 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
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