I read MacLean's books years ago and was awed by his writing skill. I read this one again recently and still find it wonderfully exciting. The French countryside, Gypsy environment is exotic and the plot twist at the end is a surprise. The action never stops!
Midnight Louie and Temple Barr are a great pair! This series is fast moving and full of action. Louie narrates his own chapters and is very educated (for a cat). Temple is always getting into troubling situations and Louie often comes to her rescue. The peripheral characters are all fun and believable.
J P Beaumont and Brandon Walker join forces to solve a cold case with links to recent smuggling and kidnapping. Lots of Native American lore and details add to the action. It has a kind of Hillerman-kind of flavor. Also includes a short story that is actually a prequel to the main book. I recommend reading the short story first.
The whole family loved the Travis McGee books back in the day. Travis is a strong protagonist with a lovable sidekick, both living on boats along the Florida coast. Travis always loves the ladies and gets into some heavy trouble every time. He's awesome!