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Past Imperfect (JM Mystery-Thriller Series Book 1) (English Edition) par [Matthews, John]
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Past Imperfect:

Two boys.

One Murder.

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier's only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy's psyche... and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 14 languages with total sales of 1.5 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2073 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 640 pages
  • Editeur : E-media books (25 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0050P4N26
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Two stories seemingly unrelated... one set in France, evokes the rape and murder of a young boy, the other is set in a more recent time and tells of the dreams of another young boy who lost both his parents in a car accident in the US but is brought back to England to live with his uncle.
While the first one describes the police inquiry, and we get to know a young inspector, the other parallel story is uninteresting and quite boring, even though there seems to be a link between the two stories.
Frankly the author should have done without the second tale!
And he should have proofread his manuscript... incoherence and wrong spelling of French names was unbearable. It is easy to check online especially when one aspires to sound knowledgeable about another country....
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Very enjoyable read for legal, mystery addicts! The story seems predictable but has a nice twist that will keep you captivated until the end!
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HASH(0x95ee0654) étoiles sur 5 Mysterious, haunting, tragic but brilliantly written 21 août 2006
Par Kali - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I took this book on holiday with me because I wanted a nice chunky novel to last me for my three weeks in the sun. It was the best book I read, in fact I read it twice and I enjoyed even more the second time around!

The plot, which at first seems complex but eventually follows several simple threads, follows a tragic car accident in California in the 1990s in which a young boy is left fighting for his life, and a horrendous assault in Provence in the 1960s where a young boy eventually dies from internal injuries. What ties these two boys together seems to be a life after death experience, and the California survivor suddenly finds himself able to recall the last days of Christian Roussel, viciously attacked then murdered by the debonair and sadistic Duclos, an up and coming French Politician.

The story jumps between America, France and England as the threads of these two young lives are slowly and inevitably bought together by a dogged and emotionally scarred French Detective, Dominic Fornier whose guilt over Christian's death 30 years previously has never died.

Moving back and forth between two continents and through time itself, the story steadily heads towards its staggering climax, proving that revenge and redemption can sometimes be served up in the same dish.

This is a cracker of a novel, and has the potential to be made into a really good movie.
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HASH(0x95ee06a8) étoiles sur 5 A great read after a bit of a struggle 3 juillet 2011
Par MarkAidanz - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Past Imperfect

This was a hard book for me to rate.

The author says the book is "a crime thriller with a difference" and I think that is a great description to use. The book starts off with two separate story lines that eventually merge into one. I found the first story line and what I will call the merged story line to be excellent. I found the second story line to be slow, tedious and boring.

The writing is fantastic, the author really knows how to tell a great tale. The characters, events and locations are very well developed and believable. There is plenty of action and suspense in the first story line and merged story line to make you not want to put the book down. I found those parts to be top quality reads.

I was a tad slow to work out how the two story lines tied in and, to my great dismay, when I did there was still a lot of tying in to go. This is the part that I found slow, tedious and boring. It was a real struggle for me to read it BUT I can see where others might not mind the approach taken. A lot of copies of this book have been sold and it has a high rating so I can accept that I am in the minority here but I need to tell it how I found it. I have not described this story line in detail as I do not want to spoil it for the reader.

Would I read another book by this author? Definitely YES!, and probably in the very near future.
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HASH(0x95ee0984) étoiles sur 5 Could have been great if it were 30% shorter. 20 décembre 2012
Par Nicole - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Full Disclosure: I bought this book when Amazon was offering it for free for the kindle. The same offer seems to come around every couple of months.

The story is fine; there are two overarching plots throughout the book: the story of a young boy murdered in the 1960s and the surrounding investigation, and the modern story of another young boy experiencing psychological issues after a car wreck. The book is described as a mystery, but since the reader knows everything about the murder, the real mystery is the connection between the two stories.

This could have been a great book if it wasn't so ridiculously bloated. Nothing else about this book could possibly be called a "mystery" since the author is determined to tell us everything that has ever crossed every character's mind, ever. There is a scene from the point of view of just about every major character, including the murderer, so for me there was no real intrigue.

Matthews also never uses one word when ten will do. Here's an example: "Dominic noticed Poullain openly flinch; then his head cocked slightly, as if he hadn't heard properly, his eyes darting fleetingly across the desk top for explanations before looking up again. The surprise showed in his face."

Basically, either of those sentences could have told us that Poullain was obviously and visibly surprised, but for some reason we had to have both. It would be a minor quibble if it didn't happen multiple times on every page. The very next paragraph tells us that a character "...exhaled audibly and waved a hand to one side. A dismissive gesture, as if the whole affair was suddenly unworthy of his emotions."

One of the cardinal rules for writing fiction is: "Show, don't tell". Matthews shows us and tells us, and very little of the showing and telling do anything to advance the plot. Halfway through the book, after an entire paragraph about the canapes offered at a dinner party (a party which had little to do with the plot) I had to stop reading. I finally picked it up and finished it a few months later.

The plot finally picks up about 75% of the way through, the connection between the two stories is revealed, a supernatural element comes into play, and the book finally comes to a pretty satisfying conclusion typical of most modern thrillers (Jeffrey Deaver, etc.) It just took way too long to get there.
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HASH(0x95ee087c) étoiles sur 5 Past Imperfect by John Matthews (Pinguin Books) 5 juillet 2008
Par A. Graham - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I picked up Past Imperfect by John Matthews and couldn't put it down until I finished. The character description, plot and local knowledge is incredibly detailed. This is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading in quiet a long time. No cookie cutter writing here. I do not understand why John Matthews doesn't have a big following in the U.S.A. already. Can't wait to read his other books, even if I have to order them from the U.K.
A MUST READ for any serious crime/mystery fan with the wits for more involved stories.
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HASH(0x95ee0eac) étoiles sur 5 Disappointing and frustrating 4 septembre 2013
Par Crowley Leslie Anne - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Usually, on downloading a Kindle novel, especially a thriller, the reader expects to be able to read the entire text, with closure at least of an episode. In this case the text was suspended at 57% of the Kindle download, just as one character was pulling a gun on another. The remaining 43% was dedicated to blurbs and samples of other books by the same writer, and the reader was directed to the purchase of further books to complete the episode. This does not seem to be correct practice, to me at least.
Apart from this I found the story extremely slow for a thriller, the characterisation poor, with characters not at all memorable or distinguishable, and the frequent time jumps not well marked. The text was also poorly edited - some of the French proper names were spelt differently from one line to another, and the accents were all over the place. An example is the spelling of the familiar "Citroen" which often became "Citreon" (unfortunately I cannot reproduce the umlaut here with this writing programme). And the author, though apparently British, does not appear to appreciate the difference in significance between the verbs "to lay" and "to lie". In general NOT recommended.
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