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

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  204 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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 2008)
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Michael Martz
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With L'Assassin, Peter Steiner has penned a spy-vs.-spy novel of a different sort. The key players used to have a working relationship as parts of US intelligence, but they're now much older and they didn't necessarily part on good terms. That would be an understatement.

Louis Morgon is an ex-CIA field guy, old, long retired, and living as an ex-pat in a small village in France. In his past, he'd experienced a career-ending blow-out with (now ex-) Secretary of State Hugh Bowes. Bowes carries a gr
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Clay Stafford
Today’s Book of the Day comes from fellow University of Miami alum (had to plug it) Peter Steiner. Peter was first known to me as a cartoonist for The New Yorker for 25 years before he turned novelist. If you’ve read a copy of The New Yorker, you had to have seen his work.

“L’Assassin” is set in France and is the second novel in the Louis Morgon international thriller series. The first novel was fantastic. This one is even better. Are we so obsessed with terrorism, we frame an innocent man for pe
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine French-set intrigue, and the motivations of the highly placed and totally evil guy is so chilling at the end of 2016. Louis Morgon is still paying for the past, for a deed he does not remember doing, and facing loss, too. The book made me think, made me reflect, and, yes, kept me turning the pages. Spy/counter-spy taken to Algeria, too, which I loved reading about!
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-mysteries
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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ken Fredette
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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.
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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.
Jul 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, doulce
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.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Second book about Louis Morgon, and we get to know the characters a lot better.
The plot thickens, and even though a bit of it is far fetched in a contemporary crime novel, the story never falls apart - even though it involves the President of the United States.

Kay Churgel
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
May 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, france
I much preferred the original.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the pacing and the fun twists and turns of the second in this series.
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It you get by the why of it all, then the who, when, what and where is good.
Mark Levine
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting twist on international intrigue.Think like a double dealing double dealing spy & there is no problem otherwise this twists in on itself.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

interesting twists and turns. hard to tell who to trust...
Joel Chernoff

Interesting main character, OK plot but secondary characters are very thin.
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.
Nov 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as A French Country Murder. Great plot. Horrid villain. Insightful description of difficult family relationships. Enjoyed every word.
John Moeschler
Good fun. Even if not set in France, I still enjoyed the stories of Morgon and Renard.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I love the small French village
community he describes.
Ann Tonks
Although some of the characters are great, the story line is not and so the end result isn't very satisfying.
Susan Springer
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Futuristic dystopia in France, which you don't see much of. Had a nice noir feel to it.
Wilson Guerra
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PETER STEINER is the author of four previous books in this series, A French Country Murder (Le Crime), L'Assassin, The Terrorist, and The Resistance. The fifth--The Capitalist--will come out in February, 2016.

A former New Yorker cartoonist, Steiner lives in Connecticut and spends part of each year in France, in a village not unlike the one featured in his novels.
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Other Books in the Series

Louis Morgon (5 books)
  • Le Crime (Louis Morgon #1)
  • The Terrorist (Louis Morgon #3)
  • The Resistance (Louis Morgon #4)
  • The Capitalist (Louis Morgon #5)