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MEx-New York City cop Vince Conte, who works as the head investigator in corporate fraud for a private security firm, is sent to a small principality (think Monaco) in Europe to find the photographer who sold to the tabloids pictures of the royal son-in-law kissing a beautiful woman on the day his wife was giving birth. Daly (The Enemy of God) never writes the same book twice. Here, he explores the realm of the European powerful and wealthy, mixing it with a large dollop of gripping suspense. Conte is an engaging character, and this reader hopes that Daly breaks his no-series-characters rule and brings him back. Daly divides his time between Connecticut and Nice, France. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/06.]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Robert Daley is the author of sixteen novels, including Year of the Dragon, and eleven nonfiction books, including Prince of the City. Born and educated in New York, he served one year as an NYPD deputy commissioner. Daley lives in Connecticut and Nice, France.

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MEx-New York City cop Vince Conte, who works as the head investigator in corporate fraud for a private security firm, is sent to a small principality (think Monaco) in Europe to find the photographer who sold to the tabloids pictures of the royal son-in-law kissing a beautiful woman on the day his wife was giving birth. Daly (The Enemy of God) never writes the same book twice. Here, he explores the realm of the European powerful and wealthy, mixing it with a large dollop of gripping suspense. Conte is an engaging character, and this reader hopes that Daly breaks his no-series-characters rule and brings him back. Daly divides his time between Connecticut and Nice, France. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/06.]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Never less than fascinating... and always ringing true - Publishers' Weekly A vigorous, lively plot - Kirkus Reviews

The 17th novel from former NYPD deputy commissioner Daley falls short of his previous work (Year of the Dragon and the excellent nonfiction account Prince of the City). His new hero, Vince Conte, is marking time as a PI for a security firm after he ruined a promising career with the NYPD by assaulting the deputy police commissioner for carrying on with Conte's gorgeous anchorwoman wife. Conte is doing unglamorous inquiries into employee theft when his company is retained to identify the plotters behind an extortion plot in a small European duchy. The unknown parties have already succeeded in breaking up the marriage of the duke's daughter by publishing compromising photos of her husband's poolside tryst. The clich?d European characters coupled with the absence of suspense and plot twists add up to an outing that lacks Daley's customary grit. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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