Sometimes titled Extraordinary People.
Peter May is a good writer.
This book reminded me a bit of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, a scavenger hunt for clues to a murder.
In this book, half-Scottish, half-Italian Enzo MacLeod used to be one of the top forensics experts in Scotland, and now he lives in Toulouse, working as a university professor.
Divorced in Scotland and widowed in France, he has an estranged Scottish daughter and a French daughter he has raised by himself.
Enzo foolishly enters into a bet that he can solve the cold case of a murder (disappearance?) 10 years past.
He follows a series clues deliberately left behind by a killer.
The first half of the book I found entertaining with many surprising and quirky situations. But ultimately it’s hilariously over-the-top. A bit embarrassing for such a skilled wordsmith.
The even bigger problem for me is Enzo MacLeod himself. Quick to anger. Quicker to drink. He’s an unlikable jerk. And not as smart as he thinks.
I might carry on to the second book in the Enzo Files Series.