The Corsican Caper
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When billionaire Francis Reboul finds himself on the wrong side of a Russian tycoon, he’s fortunate to have vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales on hand to help him out. Now it’s up to Sam—who’s saved Reboul’s neck before—to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries, hit men, and Mafioso, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of “Russian diplomacy.” As usual, Sam and Elena still find time to enjoy the good life, but as Sam’s sleuthing draws him closer to the truth, he realizes Reboul might not be the only one in trouble. Rich with clever twists, sparkling scenery, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them, The Corsican Caper is an adventure par excellence.
provided by the customers. The tables and chairs were plain and functional, the tablecloths were paper, the wineglasses were sturdy tumblers. “My kind of place,” said Sam. “I’m sure a lot of these people are regulars—they all seem to know each other.” Elena poured their wine from a glazed jug, beaded with moisture. “I haven’t heard anyone speaking English,” she said. “Do you get the feeling we’re the only foreigners here?” Sam was nodding as he looked up from the menu. “This is definitely my
the signal for congratulations and enthusiastic embraces. Reboul proposed a toast. Sam proposed a toast. Each of the Figatelli brothers proposed a toast. They floated into dinner on a tide of Champagne. When they were all seated, Reboul tapped his wineglass for silence. “Welcome, my friends, welcome to Marseille. It is truly a pleasure to see you all, this time under more relaxed circumstances.” He looked around the table, nodding at the smiling faces, before assuming a serious expression. “Now
merest dusting of Camargue salt.” He took a sip of the Champagne that Reboul had passed to him before moving on to the next course. “We remain with the saints, and with the appetite now on the qui vive, we have a filet de Saint-Pierre, with asparagus tips and a lemon emulsion, made, naturellement, with the finest Corsican lemons.” Another nod and a beam to the Figatellis. “To follow, braised rump of Corsican veal, with a fricassée of new potatoes and carrots and an infused jus of savory. This
French insist is so beneficial for le transit intestinal, followed by a large bowl of café crème and a croissant of such exquisite lightness that it threatened to float off the plate.” How does Mayle use the novel’s opening sentence to set up Francis’s character? 2. Compare that introduction to our first glimpse of Reboul’s nemesis: “On board the yacht, Oleg Vronsky—Oli to his friends and numerous hangers-on, and ‘The Barracuda’ to the international business press—turned to Natasha, the
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