The Missing Monsieur Max
By Neil Thomas
An intriguing crime mystery, this is a book about the disappearance of an Englishman in France. Perfect for fans of Maigret.
The focus is on the people and the setting of St Rémy de Provence, Southern France in 2006, when an expat Englishman has gone missing. After a false start by the local police, Avignon’s answer to Maigret, Commandant Ruppert, is brought in to pick up the investigation. The family back in England are pushing for answers – is this a missing person or a murder case?
With no hard evidence or clues, Ruppert uses some unconventional police methods to uncover the truth. He encounters shady business dealings and interviews suspect local characters. Can Ruppert solve the mystery? What dark secrets are the local characters hiding?
Published 2020 (Thorogood) – ISBN: 9781854189141 – Paperback - 140 pages
This is Neil Thomas's fourth novel. He has also written the novels, All Through the Night, a Welsh western rooted in the 1790s, Keeping the Lid On, a dark story set in a small private school in the early 2000s, and Spy Without a Cause, set in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore in the 1980s.