The Watchers

The Watchers

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
Beneath Lausanne Cathedral, in Switzerland, there is a secret buried before time began, something unknown to angels and men, until now...

Marc Rochat watches over the city at night from the belfry of the cathedral. He lives in a world of shadows and "beforetimes" and imaginary beings.
Katherine Taylor, call girl and daydreamer, is about to discover that her real-life fairy tale is too good to be true.
Jay Harper, private detective, wakes up in a crummy hotel room with no memory. When the telephone rings and he's offered a job, he knows he has no choice but to accept.

Three lives, one purpose: save what's left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.

Penguin Group USA
Meet Marc Rochat, a man-child who has devoted his life to being the bell ringer at the gothic Lausanne Cathedral, one of the great architectural structures in the world. Strange things have been going on in and around his church, including tremblings in the underground crypt and a variety of gruesomely murdered bodies showing up in nearby streets. Across the square from the cathedral lives Katherine Taylor, a beautiful young American woman who is making a phenomenal living as one of the highest priced call girls in Switzerland; she's a bit too introspective for her own good, and, unfortunately, much too observant of her clients' peccadilloes for theirs. Their lives collide with Jay Harper, a British private eye, who has been hired to investigate the killings and other strange doings; alas, he has no memory of who hired him or precisely why he was chosen for the job—all the clues are pointing skyward, where fallen angels are said to haunt Lausanne.

Baker & Taylor
A detective investigates a series of murders that may be the handiwork of a gang of international killers—or fallen angels. A first novel.

& Taylor

Memory-challenged British private detective Jay Harper investigates a series of murders that may be the handiwork of a gang of international killers.

Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780399158742
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Sep 17, 2015

This is a book that is hard to fit into a generic genre. The first chapters introduce the three main characters separately. There is a narrative building but like Jay Harper's character, understanding the story only slowly comes together. When the three characters finally were together the narrative was full speed ahead. I read the last half of the book in one sitting, then read the second book in the series in one day. So if you find yourself hooked on the book and series, make sure you reserve a stretch of time to keep reading, it's that type of story.

Jul 05, 2013

a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys the mysticism surrounding Angels, the apocryphal books of the bible, the Cathars and ancient European history. I had a hard time with the first 50 pages, but it's worth sticking it out. I breezed through it and then read the 2nd book in a few days. Can hardly wait for the 3rd book. Equally interesting premise on angelology as found in Danielle Trussoni's books.

Apr 03, 2013

I too really, really liked this book. I especially appreciated the author's portrayal of Marc. So very tender and kind. I felt like I needed to go to Lausanne to watch over him. Very well done and definitely worth the read. Mind you, I did figure out a thing or two half way through the book. Alas, this is one of the best reads I have had in a while.

Nov 25, 2012

I, too, loved this book! Very unusual read. And it is not predictable, which was wonderful. So often plots are figured out about 75% of the way through. Not this one!

Aug 12, 2012

Talk about a must read! It was a little confusing at first but soon enough all the pieces fell into place. This is a page turner, I couldn't put it down! I hope this book is made into a movie, it would be worth watching.

Aug 10, 2012

Excellent book! A bit of Dan Brown, Simon Toyne and Tom Sniegoski all rolled into one well written thriller. Well done Jon Steele! Definitely recommend this book.

Jul 21, 2012

A page-turner. Loved this book.


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