The Watchers

The Watchers

Book - 2012
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" Lausanne, Switzerland. In the cathedral tower lives a strange boy with a limp who talks to the bells. In a luxury penthouse lives a high-class prostitute who's in mortal danger. And in a low-rent hotel lives a private investigator who has no idea how he got there. /i> ay Harper finds himself in Switzerland on the trail of a missing Olympic athlete. A hard drinker, he can barely remember how he got home last night, let alone why he accepted this job. When he meets the stunning but aloof Katherine in a hotel bar, he quickly realises that he's not the only one in town who's for hire. She's a high-class hooker who can't believe her luck. Which is about to change. For the worse. In the meantime, Marc Rochat spends his time in the belfry talking to the statues, his cat and the occasional ghost. His job is to watch over Lausanne at night and to wait for the angel his mother told him he'd one day have to save. When he sees Katherine, he thinks his moment has come. Which indeed it has. But not in a good way..."
Publisher: London : 2012. Corgi,
2011. ,
ISBN: 9780552164030
Branch Call Number: AF STEE

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RedLeaf
Sep 17, 2015

This is a book that is hard to fit into a generic genre. The first chapters introduce the three main characters separately. There is a narrative building but like Jay Harper's character, understanding the story only slowly comes together. When the three characters finally were together the narrative was full speed ahead. I read the last half of the book in one sitting, then read the second book in the series in one day. So if you find yourself hooked on the book and series, make sure you reserve a stretch of time to keep reading, it's that type of story.

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DMRose
Jul 05, 2013

a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys the mysticism surrounding Angels, the apocryphal books of the bible, the Cathars and ancient European history. I had a hard time with the first 50 pages, but it's worth sticking it out. I breezed through it and then read the 2nd book in a few days. Can hardly wait for the 3rd book. Equally interesting premise on angelology as found in Danielle Trussoni's books.

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Ulla11
Apr 03, 2013

I too really, really liked this book. I especially appreciated the author's portrayal of Marc. So very tender and kind. I felt like I needed to go to Lausanne to watch over him. Very well done and definitely worth the read. Mind you, I did figure out a thing or two half way through the book. Alas, this is one of the best reads I have had in a while.

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mflreadz
Nov 25, 2012

I, too, loved this book! Very unusual read. And it is not predictable, which was wonderful. So often plots are figured out about 75% of the way through. Not this one!

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angelstr2188
Aug 12, 2012

Talk about a must read! It was a little confusing at first but soon enough all the pieces fell into place. This is a page turner, I couldn't put it down! I hope this book is made into a movie, it would be worth watching.

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B00kL0ver
Aug 10, 2012

Excellent book! A bit of Dan Brown, Simon Toyne and Tom Sniegoski all rolled into one well written thriller. Well done Jon Steele! Definitely recommend this book.

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ClaireM_W
Jul 21, 2012

A page-turner. Loved this book.

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