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“Voilà une semaine qui commence mal” – last words from the guillotine

I was walking through Place Dauphine on Île de la Cité when a bookstore display caught my eye — it was this book of “stupefying but true” prisoners’ last words before they ascended the steps of the “national razor.” Its title is “Shortcuts,” which is witty enough, but it’s the last little lagniappe that makes it really …

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Bad News from Antarctica – the Ice Sheets Are Melting, and Fast (wonkish)

Here’s about as chilling a lede* as you’ll see in an American newspaper these days: A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea …

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My Paris novel Treasure of Saint-Lazare honored as finalist in Readers’ Favorite contest

I’ve just learned that my Paris novel Treasure of Saint-Lazare has been chosen as a finalist in two categories of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest – Historical Mysteries and General Thrillers. Needless to say, I’m really pleased about it. Winners will be announced in early September. Treasure of Saint-Lazare reached No. 25 on the Kindle …

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