The Marseille Caper

Famed for the Provençal memoirs that inspired a million daydreams, Peter Mayle has set crime novels of a Donald Westlake bent in that same picturesque region. In his latest, the seaside streets of Marseille -- "not a city that makes an effort to put itself out for strangers," plays host to L.A. sleuth Sam Levine as he faces down unscrupulous thugs -- and the occasional bowl of bouillabaisse. Magnifique!


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