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The Paris Deadline by Max Byrd
Review by Steve Sawicki
Turner  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781618580344
Date: 16 October 2012

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Toby Keats is a reporter for the Paris edition of the Chicago Tribune in France of 1926. Keats is a vet of the great war and still struggles a bit with his memories of being a tunneler, digging under the occupied German trenches in order to blow them up.

Keats comes into possession of a mechanical duck, an automate. Soon after he meets fellow American Elsie Short who insists the duck belongs to her based on prior possession. But the duck is currently in the lock up of the French Gendarmes.

Shortly, Keats is knee deep in intrigue, mystery, criminals, and collectors all of whom want the duck for one reason or the other. Before it's all over Keats finds himself embroiled in more automates than he would ever have believed possible, including one that recreates the human circulatory system.

Max Byrd has certainly created a mystery worthy of the name itself. The writing is crisp, the plotting sharp and the setting superb. Byrd captures the mood of the time and the feel of the era and adds that piece of esoteric lynch pin around which the book can revolve. So, not only are we captivated by the story itself but the thing around which the story moves is captivating as well and will surely lead to a large number of google searches.

This book is recommended for all of you who love a good mystery. If you like period pieces with some odd flavor than all the better. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end and found myself pushing for one more page prior to setting it down. Surely the sign of good writing and a captivating story.

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