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The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard
  

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This man is incapable of writing a bad book; some are good, some very good and some excellent … and now he surpasses himself. He writes mysteries full of duplicity, double bluffs, triple twists and more. Now he begins a trilogy of period spy novels. 1919 Paris and the four major powers gather to sort out the world. A British diplomat falls from his lover’s flat and dies. Murder or suicide? His son, Max, gets caught up in the investigation and the plot thickens, as they say. Max’s journey will continue.

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Synopsis

The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard

1919. The eyes of the world are on Paris, where statesmen, diplomats and politicians have gathered to discuss the fate of half the world's nations in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the Great War. A horde of journalists, spies and opportunists have also gathered in the city and the last thing the British diplomatic community needs at such a time is the mysterious death of a senior member of their delegation. So, when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress's apartment building in unexplained circumstances, their first instinct is to suppress all suspicious aspects of the event. But Sir Henry's son, ex Royal Flying Corps ace James 'Max' Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to find out how and why his father died - even if this means disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where countries are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and the stakes could hardly be higher, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who a foe. And Max will soon discover just how much he needs friends, as his search for the truth sucks him into the dark heart of a seemingly impenetrable mystery.

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A sly, highbrow take on the espionage thriller with a rich background that lends sophistication to an already opulent story Kirkus Reviews


About the Author

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was our Guest Editor in March 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. His bestselling novels are: Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Painting the Darkness, Into the Blue (winner of the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw), Take No Farewell, Hand in Glove, Closed Circle, Borrowed Time, Out of the Sun (a sequel to Into the Blue), Beyond Recall, Caught in the Light, Set in Stone, Sea Change, Dying to Tell, Days Without Number and Play to the End, Sight Unseen, Name to a Face, Found Wanting, Long Time Coming and Blood Count.

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Publication date

5th June 2014

Author

Robert Goddard

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780552167055

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