Riviera Blues

Overview

Crang, the smart (and often smartass) criminal lawyer, finds himself embroiled in a mystery while on vacation on the French Riviera.

Like all the criminal messes Crang has ever found himself caught up in, this one begins in perfect innocence. As Crang is leaving for a holiday on the French Riviera with his movie-critic girlfriend, Annie, his rich-as-Croesus former father-in-law appears to ask if he’d mind checking up on an errant family member who is said to be hanging out in Monaco. Crang says he’ll do the favour, a decision that drops him into a series of ever-tighter spots on the Côte d’Azur.

Crang and Annie enjoy the Riviera’s pleasures, but lurking in the background, gathering menace, is a piece of elaborate fraud and murder. Crang has no choice except to solve all the riddles, nail the murderer and, if he’s adroit enough, eventually tip the scales of justice in the good guys’ favour.

Reviews

Riviera Blues is a spirited romp with a soaring plot that doesn’t stand in the way of Batten’s hilarious sense of humour.

Toronto Sun

About the Author

Jack Batten

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Jack Batten

Jack Batten, after a brief and unhappy career as a lawyer, has been a very happy freelance writer for many years. The author of forty books, Batten has reviewed jazz for the Globe and Mail, and, for twenty-five years, reviewed movies on CBC Radio. He currently writes the biweekly “Whodunnit” column in the Toronto Star. He lives in Toronto.