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    Norman Bogner(Author)

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Jennifer Bowen, a young art history professor, gets more than she had bargained for when she agrees to chaperone the spoiled daughter of a successful TV producer during a trip to Provence and finds a young woman with a depraved ex-con boyfriend who will do anything to control the wealthy heiress. Reprint.

Norman Bogner's first thriller in 15 years is the grisly, noir side of Peter Mayle's sweet books about Provence (A Year in Provence, Chasing Cezanne, Hotel Pastis). Bogner offers a spooky evocation of the horror that can live alongside all that great food and scenery. We first find top copper Michel Danton recovering from shotgun wounds while working in his father's restaurant in Aix, where "fresh strings of Arles sausage and legs of jambon de Bayonne slyly waltzed on their hooks in the window." Michel's father is a tyrant, and his latest lady friend has just dumped him, so he's ready for a new case. Enter Darrell Vernon Boynton, a charming young psychopath called Boy by the women he conquers and the wealthy tourists he murders. Boy is a true descendant of Hannibal Lecter, and the only reason he hasn't eaten any of his victims is that the other food in Provence is too tempting. But be warned: not many other atrocities are beyond his imagination. As Bogner has proven in such previous blockbusters as Seventh Avenue and California Dreamers, he has the imagination to create nightmare landscapes in all manner of settings--and the writing skills to quickly make us a part of them. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Commander Michel Danton, descendant of bickering restaurateurs and the detective-hero of Seventh Avenue author Bogner's welcome return to fiction after a long hiatus, resides in a Provence that Peter Mayle would have trouble recognizing. Amid the well-documented bucolic splendor and pastis, there are laptops and lattes as well as a serial killer on the loose. It falls to Danton?newly broken up with his crime reporter girlfriend and under departmental suspension?to nose out the killer, who has just murdered two Americans in particularly grisly fashion. The villain is identified early to the reader as Boy, a native Oklahoman and former child porn star who's left a trail of misery wherever he's lived. Helping the forces of evil is Boy's girlfriend, dumb, vulnerable Maddie Gold, daughter of an entertainment mogul. Among the novel's standout strengths are a richly detailed setting, psychologically accurate character portrayals and an attractive and engaging hero?and there's enough stomach-churning carnage to satisfy even the most sanguinary tastes. True, whenever Maddie talks, Yogi Berra might advise readers to put blinders on their ears, but the other female?Danton's hot-tempered American love interest?makes up for it. Agent, Susan Crawford; editor, Natalia Aponte. (Sept.) FYI: Before he turned his hand to writing fiction, in the 1960s, Bogner was editorial manager at Jonathan Cape.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 391 pages
  • Norman Bogner(Author)
  • Forge; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (May 1, 1999)
  • English
  • 5
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By A customer on January 15, 2000

    this is a phenomenal thriller! incredible characters......gorgeous locale....intelligent writing.... fantastic plot and the ultimate sociopath! PLEASE DISREGARD previous review as she obviously hasn't read this book! mr. bogner gives us the benefit of his years in provence and we graciously thank him for it....you can smell the delicious aromas of provence through these pages....i devoured this book and am thrilled to know that a sequel is in the works! i must end this with....please write faster, mr. bogner....we need more of these evil adventures in provence!

  • By A customer on July 28, 1998

    Former porno star Boy has left America to travel to Provence, France in order to join his girl friend Maddie Gold, daughter of a very successful TV producer. However, Boy is nothing like his name as he is a vicious person, who wrecks havoc wherever he is. While in France, Boy has brutally murdered two visiting Americans and has become a noted serial killer.Adam has hired Jennifer Bowen to keep his daughter out of trouble, however, Maddie wants nothing to do except rejoin her beloved Boy and she will do whatever it takes to accomplish that feat. Meanwhile, suspended police officer Michael Danton tries to ferret out the identity of the evil killer, who has frightened the entire countryside before the death count is raised even higher.TO DIE IN PROVENCE is a frightening novel written by the brilliant Norman Bogner,author of SEVENTH AVENUE. Like its predecessor, this novel is a great, but scary tale. The story line is typical serial killer fare except that the a! udience knows almost from the beginning who the killer is. However, it is the characters, especially the seemingly angelic first impressions of the evil Boy, who turn this novel into a first rate and refreshing sub-genre entry. Readers will welcome Mr. Bogner's triumphant return to fiction after a 10 year self-imposed exile with his latest novel.Harriet Klausner

  • By A customer on June 25, 1999

    I started this book because the inside cover sounded interesting. After I started reading To Die in Provence I soon became horrified. I thought that several of the scenes were unnecessary and crude. Did the author really need to explain in graphic detail how Boy and Maddie went about killing Louise? I thought the last few chapters of the book were great. The ending left me feeling very satisfied and the book had a suspensful atmosphere to it that kept me reading even if I found some of the scenes offensive. Over all I think this book was for the type of reader who enjoys reading horror/thriller novels. This book is not a mild murder mystery for the inquisitive reader.

  • By Monique Raphel High on April 30, 2015

    Imagine being in Peter Mayle Land, with lavender all around you, the Mediterranean sun gently caressing your cheeks. Now, imagine being sucked into a veritable nightmare of angst and suspense. "To Die in Provence" combines excellent detective work with gorgeous scenery, and I found myself unable to stop turning the pages.Anyone who loves France, and anyone who loves a good psychological thriller, should immediately buy this novel. As a novelist myself, and as a Frenchwoman, I appreciated Bogner's skill with words as well as his skill moving people around a devious, delicious plot.

  • By A customer on February 4, 1999

    This is a crime story you just can't put down. Technically superb! This quick paced novel keeps one turning pages. The characters are well developed and the reader soon becomes intimately aquainted with each of their motivations.NOT a book for the faint of heart. It includes graphic descriptions of lewd sexual acts and violence.

  • By A customer on August 23, 1998

    Provence is more generally associated with Impressionist scenery, glorious food and wine, and escapism for expatriates of all nationalities, rather than murder. But Norman Bogner changes all that in his gruesome but entertaining tale of mayhem set in this most picturesque region of France.A vicious young serial killer is loose in Provence, the companion of Maddie, a wealthy, rebellious young American girl whose father is one of America's most successful TV producers.The sinister 'Boy' Boynton has the face of an angel but is a cold-blooded psychopath, the result of a hellish childhood where he was sexually abused and tortured by the adults in his life.Maddie is supposedly studying French in Aix-en-Provence under the eye of her hired tutor Jennifer Bowen, but she and Boy are secretly embarking on a horrifying murder spree.Michel Danton is a local police detective who is trying to sort all the killings out. As he gets closer to the truth, his life and those around him are increasingly at risk.

  • By A customer on July 16, 1998

    Provence like we have never experienced. The characters are red-hot, and are drawn from the contemporary sub-culture. The plot twists and turns over a beloved landscape, thorougly captivating the reader. This is strong fare, like a bracing quaff of fine brandy.


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