Lawyer Robert Tarza is surprised when his young, beautiful and wealthy French girlfriend, Tess, proposes marriage. It's not that he doesn't love her, but even after five years, there's a lot about her he doesn't know.
But Robert has to put his personal life on hold when his friend Oscar Quesana shows up outside Tess's Parisian apartment clutching a mysterious package, with a thief hot on his heels. Oscar has somehow acquired a priceless old book.
When Robert and his former protégée, Jenna James, see Oscar shoved into a car and abducted, they find themselves entangled in unexpected intrigue. Robert, Tess and Jenna must quickly determine who is friend and who is foe in order to rescue Oscar before it's too late. Along the way, Robert might just make some astonishing discoveries about those he holds dear.
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Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Paris Ransom once again features the brilliant duo of the arsitocratic and brilliant attorney Robert Tarza and his former protege, the impulsive and witty Jenna James. And like Death On A High Floor, the two make an entertaining and formidable team. But there are two more remarkable characters in this tale that, when put together with Tarza and James, create a synergy that overwhelmed the mystery. (Its a great mystery!) It left me longing to know them better.
Tarza has retired in Paris and is engaged to a wealthy socialite. As the story unfolds he learns his fiancee is much, much more than a pretty face. She may even be a spy.
The fourth character is an aging Paris judge. Through him Rosenberg introduces us in a fascinating way to the French legal system. This alone makes the book worth a credit, but the judge is another charismatic character whom I hope to hear more from in later works.
The three narrators are perfect for this book.
Though this is the third in the series, it is not neccessary to read the books in order. In my opinion, you only need to read Death on a High Floor and Paris Ransom. Just be sure you do!
The first book in this series (Death on a High Floor), was excellent. A delightful story full of great characters. I skipped the second one because the reviews were so negative (from people who had read and loved the first). This one had some good reviews on Amazon, so I was very much looking forward to it. It was disappointing. Felt more like a Nancy Drew caper (with ridiculous coincidences all the way through and almost slapstick moments of bumbling moves by our main characters). The "mystery" itself gets lost amongst all the superfluous information and silly dialogue (the lovable, pretentious curmudgeon from the first novel has lost his charm and seems more like a caricature here). The three narrators do their best but sometimes their fake French and Russian accents add to the impression that these are cartoons, not characters. I couldn't give it two stars because it was better than passable (at moments, very entertaining)...but three stars is almost too much. I will wait for great audible reviews before downloading another one on the series (if there is one). Hope Mr.Rosenberg gets his 'groove' back from Death on a High Floor by then.
Okay let's do this in two sections. The good and the bad.
Charles Rosenberg is a very good writer. The dialog is good, the characters over the three books they've been together behave consistently, and the detail of the legal parts of the stories are always there. I like that.
The story here is good, you don't really get a feel for the whole arc until the very end.
There's enough thrills and spills to make it entertaining, but it's not over the top and hamhanded.
The explanation of the money laundering scheme was really interesting, as was the reveal of the big crime at the end. I liked that.
This one felt a little "caperish." Like a heist movie in Paris without the big heist.
Aside from the three main characters (Oscar, Robert, and Jenna) the rest of the characters are as much caricatures as they are characters.
It's a bit too cloak and dagger for my tastes, at least for a legal thriller.
Robert can be insufferable ;)
The first book was really good, the second was meh, and this one was really good although a bit divergent from the first two. I do hope for more in the series and I also hope that Rosenberg, whose work I'm growing to enjoy, really does recapture the "secret sauce" of the first one at some point.
search the author. 2 books before this. I enjoyed the characters. I got this not realizing it was the same ones until it mentioned some previous events that sounded familiar
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Paris Ransom is a good enough novel but compared to Charles Rosenberg's Death on a High Floor and Write to Die, it is disappointing. On the positive side narration is outstanding.
I listened to audio tapes to pass the time away driving or doing mundane chores. Having said that I want it to keep my attention. I don't like to hear all the gorey details of what happened but want it to be more about "who did it" and "who didn't". I have listened to all 3 audios by Charles Rosenberg and they all met my criteria.
I like the 3 main characters and hope any additional books will be written in the same style.
Boring story that never really gets going. Endless dialogue in very bad French and Russian accents. A lot of the dialogue is just filler, there's no real point to it. Very disappointing because I enjoyed the first one in the series.
"Simple, Complicated and Longwinded!"
Simple, Complicated and Longwinded! This book is all of this! I felt that the story could have been told in a far less complicated and circuitous way, and therefore been far more interesting.
I like that it was divided into 3 narratives and all of the narrators did a great job. But I would have been happier if the story was resolved with the entry of the Judge. I shall not pursue any other titles by this author, because quite frankly, I don't enjoy his style of telling a tale!
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