Caravan to Vaccarès

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Caravan to Vaccarès
Alistair MacLean - Caravan to Vaccares.jpg
First edition cover by Norman Weaver
Author Alistair MacLean
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Thriller
Publisher Collins (UK)
Doubleday (US)
Publication date
Preceded by Puppet on a Chain
Followed by Bear Island

Caravan to Vaccarès is a novel by author Alistair MacLean, originally published in 1969. This novel is set in the Provence region of southern France. The novel was originally written as a screenplay for producer Elliot Kastner.[1]


From all over Europe, even from behind the Iron Curtain, Gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine of their patron saint in the Provence region of southern France. But something is different about this year's gathering, with many suspicious deaths. Cecile Dubois and Neil Bowman, a British agent, decide to investigate.

Eavesdropping, Bowman discovers that a man named Gaiuse Strome is financing the gypsies, and his suspicions on the real identity of Strome centre on a highly wealthy aristocrat, distinguished folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose girlfriend Lila Delafont is a friend of Cecile. As they follow the caravan, Bowman and Cecile find that their lives are in danger many times in an effort to uncover the secret the gypsies are so determined to hide, and before long are running for their lives.


The New York Times called it "a gratifying entertainment."[2]

Film adaptation[edit]

The novel was adapted into a film in 1974 directed by Geoffrey Reeve and starring David Birney, Charlotte Rampling and Michael Lonsdale.


  1. ^ The Man who Knows where the Action is. Alistair MacLean and Godfrey Smith. The Sunday Times (London, England), Sunday, January 18, 1970; pg. 37[S]; Issue 7651. (1523 words)
  2. ^ Criminals At Large By ALLEN J. HUBIN. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 Dec 1970: 320

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