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How I Found Pegasus

When I started to write my third novel, Finding Pegasus, I was looking for some specific plot points — I wanted a strong woman as at least one of the protagonists, and I wanted her to be a techie, and involved in the plot I had already partially designed, at least mentally. That plot was: …

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Review: The Good Cop, by Peter Steiner. The chaos of Weimar

Peter Steiner’s The Good Cop is a pitch-perfect aria in the chaotic opera that was Weimar. It illustrates the corruption of the politicians and police, the violence of the extremist freikorps ruffians, and the general fear and loathing that led to Hitler. In recent years, Steiner has burnished his reputation as author of the Louis …

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Review: SUDDEN COURAGE. The youth of France take on the Nazi occupiers during World War II.

Highly recommended for Francophiles and WWII history buffs  5/5 Anyone who has followed the tragedy of the German occupation has heard of the young bicycle couriers who fearlessly bluffed their way past checkpoints while carrying secret messages for the Resistance. The girls, especially, brought flirtation and coquetry to bear on the Occupation soldiers who …

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Full House for Adrian Leeds’s Après-Midi book presentation

Once a month, Adrian Leeds holds a two-hour book presentation and social gathering upstairs at a café near her home in the Marais, in Paris. I went this week because I wanted to hear Timothy J. Smith talk about his new novel The Fourth Courier. I liked what I heard and plan to read the book. Another …

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Review: Four-Finger Singer and his Late Wife, Kate

Five stars – beautifully written, imaginative, a delight to read This book will appeal to three kinds of readers: those who admire good writing, those who love baseball and want to see more of it from the inside, and fans of Neil Gaiman. Arthur Hittner’s two novels, as well as his multiple non-fiction books, encompass …

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Book Review: The Gardener of Eden, by David Downie

Anyone who has lived in a small town may have seen Carverville, Downie’s fictional Cannery Row, which is now an economic desert whose salmon fishery and lumber industries were sacrificed to clearcutting and environmental plunder.

Veterans Day 1972 at Checkpoint Charlie

My most indelible memory of the holiday we Americans call Veterans Day happened 46 years ago when Jan and I passed through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin. We were journalists in Frankfurt at the time but had business in Berlin and decided to take in the sights on Saturday, Nov. 11, 1972. This was eleven …

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The Story Behind Treasure of Saint-Lazare

For the last few months I’ve been casting about for some way to answer the question I’ve heard from a dozen or so readers of the Eddie Grant Series, “Where did the idea for Treasure of Saint-Lazare come from?” I put off creating this post until Finding Pegasus was published, but now that it’s selling well I thought …

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The Paris Métro Map Gets a New Look

THE PARIS MÉTRO map changed countless times since the first line opened in 1900. The current version, highly stylized, has been around so long it seems like the new normal, but its days are limited — the métro authority is about to introduce a new edition. If you’re a tenderfoot trying to go from Point …

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FINDING PEGASUS AUDIOBOOK NOW AVAILABLE

The audiobook version of FINDING PEGASUS is complete and available on either Amazon or Audible.com. Adam Barr did an outstanding job as narrator, with a performance that brought the characters to life. I invite you to listen to the summary of the new one or either of the earlier books. The easiest way to listen …

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