The Hanged Man (Hardcover)
A Mystery in Fin de Siecle Paris
Pegasus Books, 9781681771649, 352pp.
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Like many fin de siecle Parisians, Inspector Achille Lefebvre is looking forward to a pleasant summer holiday at a seaside resort with his wife, Adele—but a body found hanging from a bridge in a public park interferes with the inspector's plans.
Paris: July, 1890. Inspector Achille Lefebvre and his wife Adele are enjoying their stay at a seaside resort—until a body found hanging from a bridge in a public park demands the Inspector's attention.
Is it suicide or murder? A twisted trail of evidence draws Inspector Lefebvre into a shadowy underworld of international intrigue, espionage, and terrorism. Time is of the essence; pressure mounts on the Sureté to get results. Achille's chief orders him to work with his former partner, Inspector Rousseau, now in charge of a special unit in the newly formed political brigade. But can Achille trust the detective who let him down in another case?
Inspector Lefebvre uses innovative forensics and a network of police spies to uncover a secret alliance, a scheme involving the sale of a cutting-edge high explosive, and an assassination plot that threatens to ignite a world war.
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Praise For The Hanged Man: A Mystery in Fin de Siecle Paris…
The setting is intriguing, and the plot especially so. It has tension, well-done action scenes and a likable main character.
Details take the reader back to the beginnings of the modern era, both in life and detective work.