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The Marseille caper : [a novel] (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Peter Mayle

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Title:The Marseille caper : [a novel]
Authors:Peter Mayle
Info:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
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Fun but not deep. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
True to form in The Marseille Caper, Mayle offers up a light, sleek entertainment, peppered with his characteristic name dropping of fine restaurants and wine along with those of posh luxury goods. The good guys are charming rogues, the bad guys well-heeled, but tasteless English nouveau riche. Sam Levitt returns after his premier foray in A Vintage Caper, but this time he is teamed up with Francis Reboul, the roguish billionaire from whom Levitt stole some prime wine in A Vintage Caper. This time the two are trying to pull off a building scheme in Marseille though millionaire Lord Wapping is bent on destroying their plan and promoting his own.

There is nothing thought-provoking here. No grand themes. A good holiday from more serious reading, a guilty diversion, but a well-written one with pretty scenery. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
True to form in The Marseille Caper, Mayle offers up a light, sleek entertainment, peppered with his characteristic name dropping of fine restaurants and wine along with those of posh luxury goods. The good guys are charming rogues, the bad guys well-heeled, but tasteless English nouveau riche. Sam Levitt returns after his premier foray in A Vintage Caper, but this time he is teamed up with Francis Reboul, the roguish billionaire from whom Levitt stole some prime wine in A Vintage Caper. This time the two are trying to pull off a building scheme in Marseille though millionaire Lord Wapping is bent on destroying their plan and promoting his own.

There is nothing thought-provoking here. No grand themes. A good holiday from more serious reading, a guilty diversion, but a well-written one with pretty scenery. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
True to form in The Marseille Caper, Mayle offers up a light, sleek entertainment, peppered with his characteristic name dropping of fine restaurants and wine along with those of posh luxury goods. The good guys are charming rogues, the bad guys well-heeled, but tasteless English nouveau riche. Sam Levitt returns after his premier foray in A Vintage Caper, but this time he is teamed up with Francis Reboul, the roguish billionaire from whom Levitt stole some prime wine in A Vintage Caper. This time the two are trying to pull off a building scheme in Marseille though millionaire Lord Wapping is bent on destroying their plan and promoting his own.

There is nothing thought-provoking here. No grand themes. A good holiday from more serious reading, a guilty diversion, but a well-written one with pretty scenery. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Light on plot and suspense, and the characters aren't all that complex (the female lead in particular is just along for the ride and eventual rescue). But I did enjoy the descriptions of the sights, sounds and tastes of Marseille and some of Mayle's witty asides, and the book served its purpose as a not-too-heavy summer read. Just don't ask me to remember much of it three months from now! ( )
  bostonian71 | Jul 4, 2014 |
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In memory of Allen Chevalier, a good friend who made lovely wine.
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Shock has a chilling effect, particularly when it takes the form of an unexpected meeting with a man from whom you have recently stolen three milliion dollars' worth of wine.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 030759419X, Hardcover)

Lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back in another beguiling, as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the South of France.

At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure—and the threat of some very powerful enemies!—Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles.

But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul—the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees it—asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement . . . to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and sharklike developers on the other.

Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed—with luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam’s friends—in the novel’s wonderfully satisfying climax. 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:23 -0400)

Unable to resist an exciting job offer in Marseille, Sam Levitt and his girlfriend Elena find their happy return to the region's coastal sunshine and delectable cuisine challenged by an increasingly violent competition for waterfront property.

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