“Probably one of the toughest things to bring off in a novel, ESPECIALLY
a thriller, is charm….
But, if a writer could pull off charm…with real characters…and a real plot…that
works as a thriller that actually
“thrills”…well, sir (or madam, as the case may be) then
you’ve got a writer!
AND a book!
So, when we meet Inspector Mazarelle
And follow him in his daily, touched by tragedy, life
And meet psychotic assassin Klaus Reiner
And watch as their paths are fated to cross
And, through all this “horror” are still, not only held spellbound, but are charmed…
THIS is a writer, and a character, you WANT to stay with for the long haul.
By the way, Gerald Jay is a pseudonym. Who he is we do not know,
WHAT he is, we do; one helluva story teller!”
--S. Berner (“First Time’s The Charm,” Amazon, February 4, 2013)
‘THE PARIS DIRECTIVE opens with two of the tightest pages of noir prose you’ll ever read. With deft precision, we are introduced to former East German agent Klaus Reiner performing adeptly in a new profession, assassin-for-hire. The passage is brilliant in detail, gripping and scary in effect. We know right away that Reiner will prove a formidable opponent for whatever hero is charged with bringing him down.”
--Paul McHugh (“Speed-Bumps,” Skullduggery, September 30, 2012)
“The German villain of THE PARIS DIRECTIVE, sleek as his Bentley Azure, a killer-for-hire with multiple identities, is pitted against Inspector Mazarelle, a lover of women, French cooking, and detection, which in this novel is a form of chivalry. Mazarelle is a deep-chair-comfortable moral center for this springhtly, stylish and sophisticated thriller. The reader is left wanting more of his company and more of Gerald Jay’s cinematic, intrigue-riddled, and tasty France.”
--Calvin Bedient, (a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books),
March 12, 2013
“The story of murder for hire is full of suspense but when one murder turns into 11 possible deaths (12 if you count the cat) you’ll be chewing your nails down to the quick….And you’ll find you need to keep reading just to see what happens (or gets killed—or almost killed—next).
Author Gerald Jay did a great job intertwining so many seemingly unrelated people into one crime. And even those not in love with all things French will quickly find they have a soft spot for the brooding French detective Mazarelle. A fact that bodes well for future books featuring Mazarelle. Looking back, Jay did an admirable job creating three-dimensional characters that you love, hate, or just want to meet. Even those that appear for the briefest time seem to appear with a fully developed personality, background, and motive. Bravo to Jay for creating such realistic characters.”
--Jodi Webb (“The Paris Directive,” Words by Webb, December 31, 2012)
Violette Severin’s TOP TEN MYSTERY BOOKS OF 2012
“Each year I prepare a list of my favorite top 10 mysteries of
the past year. 2012 is no different. Here are my favorites.
10. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy
9. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
8. Blood Line by James Rollins
7. THE PARIS DIRECTIVE BY GERALD JAY
6. Fall from Grace by Richard North Patterson
5. Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris
4. Black List by Brad Thor
3. The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. The Racketeer by John Grisham
1. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva”
--The Mystery Bookshelf, December 30, 2012