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  • By natsanit
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Regrets Only" An excellent spy novel with suspense, romance, and unpredictable twists. The reader can quickly identify with Paul Craine- he seems like a real man with his share of unique habits and idiosyncracies; he is not a perfect, robot-like super spy. His personality and quick wit come right through as Frenchman living in Washington. It is easy to root for him as he navigates through his first case in the US. Regrets Only is a truly enjoyable reading experience that leaves you wanting to read about detective Craine's next assignment.
  • By Ron Miller
    Nov 20, 2006
    It's not the mystery that makes a successful mystery novel. This has always been true. We all know this and we might as well admit it: we read them for the detectives. After all, who remembers the actual cases that Nero Wolfe solved? Or Sherlock Holmes or Lew Archer or Mike Hammer or Sam Spade? But do we know those detectives by name? You bet we do. So much so that the names of some of them have actually entered the language, freely used by people who have never read a mystery novel in their lives. These memorable detectives are memorable for only one reason, however: They are great characters. They are unique characters, in fact, which raised them to an even more ethereal level. The problem that this sort of standard creates is that as authors try to outbid one another in making their detectives ever more unusual is that many of them---too many of them---become simply bizarre. Author Jean-François Landeau has managed a double coup with his latest novel, Regrets Only. First... More > of all, he has created an entirely new detective. And second and perhaps more importantly, Paul Craine may be one of the most believable private eyes to hit the streets in quite some time. Rather than trying to invent a detective who is a paraplegic amateur collector of antique netsuke, Landeau's Craine is almost as ordinary as a human being can get (he does his own dishes---and by hand "to save water"). An expatriate Frenchman living and working in the United States, he is constantly flustered and flummoxed by Americans and Americanisms...which he handles with precisely the aplomb, good humor--and cynicism---one would expect of a Frenchman. It's difficult to adequately review a mystery novel since any sort of plot synopsis is bound to give away matter how inadvertently. And after all, half the fun of reading one of these is discovering all the bits and pieces for oneself. Suffice it to say that Regrets Only has more than its share of bits and pieces. Craine, recently fired from his job as a counterspy for the French equivalent of the CIA, decides to set out on his own and hangs up his shingle as a private investigator---naively assuming that it could hardly be any different than what he had already been doing. In the revered tradition of every private eye since Philip Marlowe, the first client to slink through his door is a sexy and darkly mysterious woman. She ostensibly wants to hire Craine---whom she not very flatteringly describes as "a start-up, starving private investigator speaking broken English"---to discover the whereabouts of the mistress of an influential Washington lobbyist. He finds her quickly enough...or, rather, he discovers that she has just jumped bail in Florida. Teaming up with skip-tracer Anna Sperry, Craine quickly finds himself in far deeper---and murkier---waters than he had counted on. Waters that include international corporate espionage, kidnaping...and murder. But not without a little romance. After all, both hero and author are French. Landeau's tale is skillfully told, with a charm and simplicity that belie the ever- increasing intricacies of the plot. The reader of this highly recommended novel will quickly find himself, like Paul Craine, embroiled in a web of intrigue that will keep him guessing until the unguessable finale.< Less
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Jean-Francois Landeau
February 6, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.84 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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