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In the first book of Peter May's critically acclaimed Enzo Files, forensics expert Enzo MacLeod wagers that he can solve six perplexing cold cases - and unexpectedly places himself directly in harm's way.

"Action-packed." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Brisk and thrilling." (The Baltimore Sun)
"Thoroughly engaging." (Library Journal)

Half-Scottish, half-Italian Enzo MacLeod used to be one of the top forensics experts in Scotland, and now he lives in Toulouse, working as a university professor. Divorced in Scotland and widowed in France, he has an estranged Scottish daughter and a French daughter he has raised by himself.

As if his life isn't complicated enough, he soon finds himself unexpectedly on the hunt for solutions to some vexing cold cases thanks to an ill-advised wager about the power of forensic science.

Meanwhile, in Paris, a man desperately seeking sanctuary flees into a church. The next day, his sudden disappearance will make him famous throughout France.

Deep in the catacombs below the City of Light, MacLeod unearths disturbing clues deliberately left behind by a killer. But as the retired forensics expert draws closer to the truth, he discovers he may just wind up the next victim for his troubles.

©1995 Peter May (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Where’s the real Peter May?

I agree with the reviewer who said he had to check that this was the same Peter May who wrote the Lewis Trilogy.
If it IS the same author he really phoned this one in. Very disappointing as I was excited after Lewis and had hoped to find another author I could count on for some quality writing - nope....

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Ridiculous means of solving

I finally gave up with 2 hours to go. It was fine to find the meaning of the clues because they were so obscure the first time or even the second but after that no way Each time the clues meant going back in history... way back searching internet results which barely had a relationship one another. I am talking 1400s and lights of temples, old Napoleon battles and symbols like crests etc it went on and on. Did not care anymore because it was soooooo unrealistic.p

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Unlikely story, amazing narration

The narrator is the only thing that brings this above mediocre, in my opinion. The narrator seems to switch from French to a Scottish burr and back again with ease.

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Not sure it was worth the effort

Would have enjoyed it more if I had been more familiar with Paris and French! Had to replay so often to try to hear it.

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Love Peter May books!

His story lines are not predictable and he keeps you guessing to the end. one of my favorite writers.

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Captivating listen

This was a wonderful book. I couldn’t stop listening- I had to look for things to do so I could keep going. The descriptions of the places Enzo went were well done and interesting. I ended up researching the sites and thinking how nice it would be to see them. I bought the next before I finish this. I highly recommend it!

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Skip this one

I moved on to the Enzo McLeod series straight from the outstanding Lewis series. What a big disappointment this one turned out to be. Way too much Dan Brown influence and not enough Peter May. I had to go back several chapters more than once because it was so dull that I tuned out while listening. Only to find the same problem the second time through.
I am going to give the next Enzo book a try in hopes that this one was an anomaly.

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I loved it!

as someone who's only been to Paris once & didn't even scratch the surface, I loved the place name dropping. & I thought the story was really good too. yes, the clues part did go on for a bit but the history I learned in those clues was also fun and fascinating. But then, I read all the name plates at the museum too. the narrator was excellent in his Scottish brough & French pronunciations.
The critics saying that this wasn't up to his other stuff only make me excited to listen to Mr.May's other stuff.

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Terrible character development, stupid story and very poorly written. I was bored to tears and found Enzo unsympathetic.

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Neither a mystery nor a thriller

There were no surprises in this rather tedious and overlong book. The hero (?) was usually the last to realize what was going on and managed to arrive just late enough not to avoid calamities. The characters were not well drawn and were predictable cliches.
It must hard to narrate such a story, but he wasn’t bad. Not a book for me!