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Cold Iron (Henri Castang #9)

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Her background was impeccably aristocratic, but like many rich, neglected wives, Madame Lecat pursued a variety of diversions, from cocaine to young men. Now the Madame is dead, and Henri Castang is about to reveal some startling things about how the rich live and die.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 5th 1988 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jun 30, 2015 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
Imagine a climactic gun battle scene in a movie - think "High Noon", "Reservoir Dogs" or "The Matrix" (electromagnetic pulse weapons are ok). Several people with guns in their hands. Life or death - the tension mounts. The spectators hold their breath. And suddenly someone orders: "Take off your pants! Undress!" Imagine the intrepid gunmen and gunwomen standing there bare-bottomed: Marshal Kane, or Mr. White, or Neo with their naked behinds. The one and only Nicolas Freeling wrote such a scene ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Scoats rated it did not like it
I was trying to figure out whether to keep reading this. Or maybe keep not reading is more accurate. After 3 days, I am on page 10. That pretty well shows how uninteresting I found this book.

I'm sure it's a work of genius, especially if you want to read about the political and societal issues of provincial French policing in the 1980s. And especially if you like prose that is dense and a chore to read. That really old school style of writing that should have died out after Hemingway and Steinbe
Apr 13, 2016 DGT rated it liked it
I prefer Nicolas Freeling’s Henri Castang novels to his Van der Valke novels. Castang’s domestic situation is more dense and his location in a provincial French city, rather than in Amsterdam, realises the potential of life away from the centre – in Castang’s case the centre of police-life in Paris. In “Cold Iron”, Castang has moved from a significant provincial city to a smaller northern city, more a town, where he is confronted by regional hierarchies and its history, particularly that in two ...more
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Nicolas Freeling born Nicolas Davidson, (March 3, 1927 - July 20, 2003) was a British crime novelist, best known as the author of the Van der Valk series of detective novels which were adapted for transmission on the British ITV network by Thames Television during the 1970s.

Freeling was born in London, but travelled widely, and ended his life at his long-standing home at Grandfontaine to the west
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