The Black Jersey

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 26 Aug 2019

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Thriller Genre is new for me , But this book was good actually , I wasn't that much interested in the story , but I liked the characters-building .
Mysterious ,  well written and Recommended for Thriller lovers .
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A very fine chase novel in every sense of the word. The suspense builds at the Tour de France, where things start to go wrong almost from the first day of the 21 day race. It seems as though a killer is on the loose, and Marc, a domestique (rider whose job in the race is to help and protect the assigned leader of a team) is asked to use his skills as a former military policeman to figure out who it is. The details of the race are realistically and excitingly done. In the end, who wins and who loses matters less than the journey. A terrific ride, especially for fans of pro cycling.
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Marc is a domestique. His job is to make sure his team’s leader wins the Tour de France. As tragedies continue to befall the race, Marc is also drafted to help uncover who is behind the sabotage. And, well, maybe get the yellow jersey for himself? This book is the perfect merger of mystery and cycling. Those who like mysteries might feel there is too much cycling. Those who like cycling might feel there is too much behind the scenes mystery. But combining both results in an action packed race to the finish with as many twists and turns as some of the stages of the Tour itself!
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You are racing on a bicycle in the Tour de France. It’s your first race as a professional earning 50 euros a week (or almost $57 American). Not enough to support this expensive sport but enough to enter the race. If you win the yellow jersey (first place) in even one of the twenty-one stages of the race, you will get some sweet endorsement deals. Unfortunately, you are a domestique destined to help others win but never win yourself. When a series of mishaps befall some of the top racers, the French police ask you to help with their inquiries from within. You agree. What you find will rock your world...

I don’t follow professional cycling and have only occasionally watched it during the Olympics. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Black Jersey. In addition to determining the saboteur, it was exciting to feel a part of the races riding first person as Frenchman Marc, the domestique of American Steve both with team Fonar. The author effortlessly weaves the racing into the mystery and the mystery into the racing. The road and the mystery are extremely twisty. The suspects are many. The conclusion was unexpected even though all the clues were in place.

Black Jersey is highly recommended for thriller readers. 5 stars!

Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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You don't need to know much about cycling or the Tour de France (I don't) to enjoy this fast paced (no pun) and entertaining mystery.  In fact, you'll learn something and that's always a plus.  Marc's helping the French police investigate an attempt to sabotage the Tour.  His own team, headed by his friend Steve isn't having the same problems as the others.   Inspector Favre knows something is wrong- but can't put his finger on it so Marc, who has inside access, pokes around.  Marc's girl friend Fiona has an interest in the problems as well.  No spoilers.  None.  Thanks to net galley for the ARC.  I enjoyed this more than I expected and now I'm going to pay more attention to the Tour.
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Jorge Zepeda Patterson couples the classic locked room mystery with the competitive world of cycling and the net effect is a winner read!
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I was hesitant to read this at first, but once I started I got really into it! I had no idea about cycling or the Tour de France before reading it. The author weaved the murder story with the intrigue of the race, leading to the highest peak(climax) of the novel. I couldn't put it down. The main character, Marc and the secondary characters are fully fleshed out and everyone has motives. The twists and turns of the story, especially towards the end make the book hard to put down. I highly recommend this novel to sports fans and fans of mysteries. The author (and translator) have done a great job of bringing the story to English speaking audiences.
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A la Murder on the Orient Express, in which one amongst a traveling group must be the killer - but who?! And how can he be stopped from striking again? - this story follows the stages of the Tour de France, where it appears someone is willing to kill in order to win. Marc Moreau, a French professional cyclist with a military detective past, is pulled in by the authorities to keep his eyes and ears open for suspicious characters among the riders, directors, and mechanics who travel along the route of the 3-week race, after a series of suspicious injuries, and even deaths, befall several riders. This all while he is competing in each grueling stage of the race as the second in command to his best friend, his team's American star (think fame and sponsorship and winning level of pre-disgrace Lance Armstrong). It moves kind of slowly at first, and it kept feeling a bit unrealistic because in real life I think they would have to just cancel the race if this kind of stuff was happening, but eventually I got quite drawn in by the descriptions of the highly contested race stages and the twists and turns of who seems suspicious, along with the deteriorating friendship of Marc and Steve, especially as Marc considers taking the win away from Steve, which is a huge deal on a cycling team like this. I received a free e-version of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; it releases in June and could be a fun father's day gift, or something to pick up for anyone in your life who might enjoy the intersecting of their cycling (or sports) and mystery interests. It's a fun inside look at riding in a Tour for those who are interested in cycling, with a whodunit twist.
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The Tour is a killer of a race, but in this exciting novel participants are falling in numbers beyond comprehension. What’s happening to them? Why? As the race reaches its final stages, Marc, a a racer with a military past, looks to see if there’s a target on him too.
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This is perfect for an upcoming project on France: action, adventure, a strong sense of place, indelible characters.
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This was a very exciting thriller/mystery
Someone is targeting the bikers of the Tour de France during their grueling three-week race
The book offers an exciting.inside view of the bicycling world
And it offers not only a whodunnit but a very suspenseful who will win it
It was a compelling read and highly recommended.
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