Dry humour is raised to a fine art by Inspector Pel, the heir to Simenon's Maigret. The irascible Inspector Pel has failed to give up smoking. A Gauloise magically calms his nerves, in spite of his efforts, and good nerves are just what he needs when a student's mysterious death and the discovery of a corpse in the boot of a car start to uncover a fledgling drug ring. What is worse, the ring is operating within the university of his own Burgundian city. More murders follow and the trail leads Pel to Innsbruck, where the soignee mistress of a professor turns out to be rather more than she seems. 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' - Observer 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better.' - The Times 'Written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' - Financial Times 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' - London Mystery Selection AUTHOR: Mark Hebden was one of the pen names of novelist John Harris, who died in 1991. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a sailor, an airman, a journalist, a travel courier and a history teacher. He also wrote popular war fiction as Max Hennessy.