The Paris Deadline by Max Byrd

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See 1 Critic Review never became clear to me why the story takes place in the 1920s unless it is to allow Byrd to name-drop the artists and writers who were in Paris at that time...
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From bestselling historical novelist Max Byrd comes a new novel set against the dramatic backdrop of Paris in the Jazz Age—a fascinating suspense tale interwoven with rich historical detail.

Paris, 1926. Newspaper reporter Toby Keats, a veteran of the Great War and the only American in Paris who doesn’t know Hemingway, has lived a quiet life—until one day he comes into possession of a rare eighteenth-century automate, a very strange and somewhat scandalous mechanical duck. Highly sought after by an enigmatic American banker, European criminals, and the charming young American Elsie Short, the duck is rumored to hold the key to opening a new frontier in weapons technology for the German army, now beginning to threaten Europe once more. Haunted with his nightmarish past in
the War, Toby pursues the truth behind the duck.

From the boites of the Left Bank to the dark prehistoric caverns of southern France, The Paris Deadline is a story of love, suspense, and mystery in a world stumbling toward catastrophe.

“Max Byrd is an expert at mingling real historical figures with his invented characters.” —The New York Times

“Wow! This is storytelling at its very best. Max Byrd uses the whole deck of cards—character, place, history, humor, and intrigue—to weave his magical story. You want a good ride? The Paris Deadline is your ticket!” —Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Brass Verdict and The Scarecrow

“The Paris Deadline is the best ‘code and cipher’ novel I’ve ever read, a wonderful historical thriller, combining terrific characters with wit, erudition, more cool facts than your average encyclopedia, and a blistering narrative drive that makes the pages fly. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of reading this book!” —John Lescroart, author of The Thirteenth Juror and Betrayal

“Some of the things I love most about the book—the wit and erudition, the scholarship, the interesting things about the underground war and automates—are not the things other people will like. They’ll be caught up in the mystery of the duck and the love story between the appealing Toby and Elsie, and the fact that it’s set in Paris. Of course, I love that too!” —Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce and The Shadow Knows

About Max Byrd

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MAX BYRD is the author of the acclaimed historical novels Jefferson, Jackson, and Grant. An authority on eighteenth-century literature, Byrd makes his home in Davis, California, where he is at work on his next novel.

Author Residence: Davis, California

Author Hometown: California
Published August 20, 2012 by Turner Publishing Company. 329 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alan Riding on Dec 19 2012 never became clear to me why the story takes place in the 1920s unless it is to allow Byrd to name-drop the artists and writers who were in Paris at that time...

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