Book review: Two Weeks in the South of France by David Christie
Late at night in his San Francisco apartment, Christopher Voss gets word that his father has been shot and killed during a business trip to the South of France. The following day he heads to Europe to claim the body and while there he finds out that the father was not the person that he thought he was; the man had been living a double life. At home his dad was a mild mannered and somewhat reserved person, abroad he was a hi-end businessman with a luxury lifestyle and a player who dealt in military hardware, industrial espionage and under-table political favors. Chris meets up with Isabelle–his Dad’s knockout mistress (who looks exactly like a younger version of his mother), Monsieur Ballon the dangerous business partner, and Marian Leclerc the gorgeous police inspector who is leading the murder investigation.
In the process of trying to settle the estate he gets embroiled in the search for a missing secret document that the CIA, Vatican and a team of mercenaries hired by powerful French politicians and international industrialists, are all trying to find… and they think he has it! Somewhere in that group of people might be his father’s killer who could also be the same person who has made two attempts on his life.
As he digs deeper into the mystery he discovers a long buried family secret, his mother’s connection to the killing, and who he really might, or might not, be.
With the aid of a comic taxi driver and a crazy Russian mobster, he tries to stay alive and catch the assassin.
“Two Weeks in the South of France” is a very fast moving mystery thriller and a fun read that captures the feel, atmosphere and cuisine (be prepared to drool) from that part of Europe.
- Book cover – 5 points – extremely vivid
- Cohesive storyline – 5 points – the story stayed on subject from beginning to end
- Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation (SGP) – 2 points – lots of missing punctuation; many places where punctuation is misused; many missing and misused words; the entire book only needs a quick edit
- Character development – 4 points – the mother seemed to play a much larger role overall, but she was very marginalized throughout the story
- Credibility – 4½ points – it would have made more sense to have the mother more involved, since the main character wasn’t really acquainted with the father who was the catalyst for most of the main character’s actions
- OVERALL: This is a really good book. The issue with the editing doesn’t detract terribly from the story. It’s an easy read.