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L'Assassin: A Thriller (Louis Morgon #2)

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From the critically acclaimed author of Le Crime, published in hardcover as A French Country Murder, comes this electrifying sequel featuring former CIA operative Louis Morgon and his partner-in-crime-solving, Jean Renard, the gendarme of their small French village.

Louis Morgon is living a quiet life of good food, good wine, and good friends. When his house is burglarized,
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published March 12th 2003)
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Louis Morgon is an intriguing hero, a former CIA operative living in a small French village who really just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately, he once got crossways with Hugh Bowes, a former U.S. Secretary of State who carries a grudge a long, long way.

What seems like a minor burglary at Morgon’s country house turns out to be a scheme mounted by Bowes to make American anti-terrorists believe Morgon is allied with Osama bin-Laden. The suspense builds as Morgon uncovers the outlines of the pl
L'Assassin: A Thriller (Louis Morgon #2) moves at a much faster pace than #1 [Le Crime]. Le Crime introduced Louis Morgon, his friends and enemies and lays a good foundation for what follows. I liked it well enough to give L'Assassin a chance and I'm glad I did. L'Assassin is almost all story and very little background. What background there is concerns Louis' time in the CIA. Le Crime casts Louis as a liason between the State Department and the CIA. L'Assassin hints at Louis doing fieldwork for ...more
Not tightly plotted like an American thriller, but atmospheric and thoughtful, like the best new Euro mysteries such as Fred Vargas and Pierre Magnan. The author is also a painter,and it comes through in his decriptions. You feel like you're traveling to the south of France, the Brittany coast, Algeria, Washington DC. There are occasional sour notes where something doesn't feel or sound right but they're rare and brief. I found the plot believable and the characters seemed like real people to me ...more
Brenda Hawley
Louis Morgan, retired from the CIA, lives in a small village in France and wants nothing to do with his past life, until a dead stranger shows up on his doorstep. Fraught with mystery, compassion and wit, this series continues Louis' fight with an old adversary through the next two novels, involving his estranged children in the USA as well as his friends in France. Well written and definitely worth the time to get acquainted with Peter Steiner.
Enjoyed the pacing and the fun twists and turns of the second in this series.
Wonderful in its evocation of rural France: 4-stars.
Weak as far as plot is concerned (too much suspension of disbelief is needed): 2-stars.
Whoever is as powerful as the villain in the story has a so many opportunities to settle scores (for instance simply hiring a hitman) that the convoluted way in which he coaxes governments to exact revenge (revenge for what, btw?) is, well, just too much.
A former aging spy, run out of the service for unexplained reasons, is living quietly in France. His longtime girlfriend is dying of cancer when his nemisis, who has since become Secretary of State, tries to set him up for assassination as a terrorist. However, the tables are ultimately turned. First half of the book quite slow. Nice depictions of life in desolate, western France.
what a nice break from novels about affairs! Louis Morgan, an ex-pat in France, is wrongfully accused of terrorist activity by his arch-nemesis. wished that the son and daughter weren't such stock characters and the ending hadn't taken on a completely different pace from the rest of the book. otherwise, a neat little thriller.
Kenneth Fredette
I've read all the books by Peter Steiner in reverse order. It seems like the right thing even if it doesn't make the kidnappings in the correct sequence. I like all of his books even though "The Terrorist" should have been the last book. It's nice that a 67 year old is spry enough to do the things he has done.
An interesting mystery/espionage novel about an former CIA who retired to France and the former secretary of state who has a grudge against him.
Pretty good, entertaining, exciting
Just as good as A French Country Murder. Great plot. Horrid villain. Insightful description of difficult family relationships. Enjoyed every word.
Ronnie Fein
Pleasant read. Second of the Louis Morgon books. A bit preposterous but I enjoyed it for what it was. Fast, in-between reading something more literary.
Susan Springer
"French Country Murder" is a cut above the rest, but this second
book is even better. French country life + complex mystery tale=
a good read.
Mark Levine
Interesting twist on international intrigue.Think like a double dealing double dealing spy & there is no problem otherwise this twists in on itself.
Kay Churgel
A light, interesting read. Mystery in France and the US. Intrigue and murder. I couldn't put it down for the last 5 chapters.
Margaret Dee
This is a fascinating series which I highly recommend. You will never look at the news in the same way again.
Joel Chernoff

Interesting main character, OK plot but secondary characters are very thin.
Futuristic dystopia in France, which you don't see much of. Had a nice noir feel to it.
It you get by the why of it all, then the who, when, what and where is good.

interesting twists and turns. hard to tell who to trust...
Again, I love the small French village
community he describes.
Lynn Kearney
3.5 Another good read featuring the delightful Louis Morgon
I much preferred the original.
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PETER STEINER is the author of three previous books in this series, Le Crime, L'Assassin, and The Terrorist. A former New Yorker cartoonist, Steiner lives in Connecticut.
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