The Paris Deadline

The Paris Deadline

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A veteran of WWI and the only American living in Paris who doesn't know Hemingway, newspaper reporter Toby Keats comes into possession of a rare 18th-century mechanical duck, which--for some reason--is sought after by a variety of persons and groups.
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Turner Pub. Co., c2012
ISBN: 9781618580122
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 24 cm


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Feb 10, 2013

Imagine a mystery that is not about a murder, but about a mechanical duck. A wonderful tale that blends historical figures with fiction. Max Byrd blends time, place and characters in an irresistible mix. He blends the muscularity of the 1920's with memories of the First World War and the prewar European fascination with automata, tracing the fore runners of modern technology and computing back to the 18th century. Though the story seems somewhat fantastical, a few minutes on Wikipedia reveal that most of the characters and events described are real. A thoroughly enjoyable read.


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