A Thriller

A Louis Morgon Thriller (Volume 2)

Peter Steiner

Minotaur Books

From the critically acclaimed author of Le Crime, published in hardcover as A French Country Murder, comes this electrifying sequel featuring former CIA operative Louis Morgon and his partner-in-crime-solving, Jean Renard, the gendarme of their small French village.

Louis Morgon is living a quiet life of good food, good wine, and good friends. When his house is burglarized, he thinks nothing of it. But the burglar and the motive for the burglary are not as simple as they seem. And the consequences of the seemingly trivial break-in will lead Louis and his loved ones to the end of the earth---and quite possibly to the end of their lives.


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Chapter One

It looked like a simple burglary at first. In fact, as crimes go, the robbery of Louis Morgon’s house in the village of Saint Leon sur Dême seemed noteworthy only for its ineptitude. The burglar, a small-time criminal known to French police as Pierre Lefort, came to the house in broad daylight and broke a window to let himself in. He poked around the house for a while, and then he cut the lock on the barn, where Louis had his painting studio, and went in.

A short while later he loaded up his loot and left. The old car backfired as Lefort drove down the


Praise for L'Assassin

Raves for Peter Steiner’s Louis Morgon Thrillers

“Unforgettable . . . combines elements of Agatha Christie and Robert Ludlum.”
---Bookreporter.com on Le Crime

"Literate crime thrillers don't get much better than this."
---Publishers Weekly (starred review) on L'Assassin

“A talented writer . . . Steiner keeps us fully engaged [and] guessing. He unpeels his characters like so many onions, one layer at a time, [and his] protagonist is refreshing. A wonderfully vivid book about the solitary, sometimes bitter landscape of spycraft. It's a slam dunk!”
---Washington Times on L’Assassin

“A fantastic novel, at once a gripping political thriller and a complex mystery tale.”
---David Brooks, author of Bobos in Paradise, on Le Crime

“A pacy, engrossing thriller that is also a touching examination of the impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism on the lives of those involved.”
---Robert Goddard, author of Into the Blue, on L’Assassin

“Le Carré and Deighton fans will welcome Steiner’s engaging first novel. The scenes in small-town France capture the atmosphere and pace of life there wonderfully.”
---Publishers Weekly on Le Crime

“A page turner---like a good Alan Furst or Graham Greene novel.”
---The Washingtonian on Le Crime

“A rare phenomenon, a beautiful crime novel. When I realized what it was, I read it more slowly to make it last.”
---Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Nightlife, on Le Crime

“A riveting murder mystery.”
---France Today on Le Crime

“A wonderful read . . . a fresh perspective on the international thriller. Louis Morgan is a marvel, mixing a fierce intelligence with moral complexity. Cool writing, exotic locales, and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end.”
---Olen Steinhauer, author of Victory Square, on L’Assassin

“Steiner sketches such a rich life for his tiny town that he makes you want to get on the next plane.”
---Chicago Tribune on Le Crime

“Captivating . . . This is a novel for anyone who enjoys good writing, not just those who love a good mystery. Readers will find it difficult to concentrate on anything but finishing it. Then the tale will linger long after the last page is turned.”
---Tampa Tribune & Times on Le Crime

Le Crime est superbe.”
---Jim Fusilli, author of Hard, Hard City

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Peter Steiner

  • This is Peter Steiner’s second novel in the Louis Morgon thriller series; the first, Le Crime, originally published in hardcover under the title A French Country Murder, is available in paperback from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur. Also known for his cartoons in The New Yorker, he lives in Connecticut.

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