Title: French Kiss
Authors: James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
Genre: Mystery, fiction, hard-boiled detective.
Part of a series? Yes, this is the first book in the Detective Luc Moncrief series.
Published: October 6th, 2016
Luc Moncrief is the son of a prominent French business man. Thanks to this, he has a lot of money to just throw around. He isn’t satisfied just being rich and pretty though. Against his father’s wishes he joined the police force in Paris, and made a name for himself. After years there, he moves to New York where he works as a detective and lives with his lover Della.
His partner, Maria, is killed during an undercover op. Several female cops had been, it was a tragedy; but it was chalked up as being linked to past crimes. When his lover is also stabbed, though, Luc begins to realize that there is something going on. Someone from his past is coming after the women in his life. With a new partner to work with (and watch over) and a hunch, he goes to Paris to go through his past cases looking for a killer.
Ok, I will start by saying this is going to be a very opinionated piece. I loved the females here. I thought the plot was interesting, though there were some glaring holes. I hated how nothing Luc came up with was ever really explained. It was a hunch. The whole plot revolves around hunches…. I found it impossible to try to figure things out with Moncrief. By the end of the story, I didn’t even care anymore. It was just one hunch after another and, of course, everyone but Moncrief was wrong. I just wanted more explanation, or more description for these feelings and hunches. Something! Now, as far as first stories in a series go, it was pretty good. There were plot/character development issues that can hopefully be ironed out in book two. I would give it three and a half stars.
On the adult content scale, there was sexual content, language and violence. Some scenes were rather explicit. I would say an eight, easily.
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