The Ways of the World

The Ways of the World

A James Maxted Thriller

Book - 2015
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"Four years of horrific fighting have finally ended on the battlefield, but in the spring of 1919, Paris is filled with delegates from around the world who are still trying to hammer out the terms of peace. One such delegate is British diplomat Sir Henry Maxted, in charge of liaising with the Brazilians regarding seized ships. But before a deal is reached, Sir Henry turns up dead outside a Montparnasse apartment building, apparently having fallen from the roof. His sons Max and Ashley are sent to Paris to collect the body, and it quickly becomes clear that the theory the French police have put forward is flawed. But since the murder of a diplomat could be disastrous for the peace conference, no one is keen to ask questions--except Max"
Publisher: New York :, The Mysterious Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780802123596
Branch Call Number: FICTION Goddard Robert
Characteristics: 403 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Aug 19, 2015

Convoluted plot that does not end at the end of the book. Don't waste your time. Basic plot idea stolen from Jacqueline Winspear.

Mar 05, 2015

Pretty good book. Would have preferred the story to have ended with current effort ...... character and story not strong enough to justify sequels/continuations.

Barbara Miller
Jan 28, 2015

Exciting from beginning to end. Can't wait to read the 2nd book.

Dec 16, 2014

The Ways of the World --- by --- Robert Goddard, In this thrilling novel set in post WW1 Europe, Max, a British pilot shot down behind enemy lines, is dispatched to Paris by his suspicious mother to investigate the untimely death of her husband. Apparently he died by falling from a roof; hardly the expected cause of death for a reserved, minor British diplomat. Is this a story of espionage or a story about a seedy affair gone wrong? As the story unwinds we are introduced to characters savory and otherwise; to characters suspect and otherwise; to individuals competent and otherwise. The more questions Max’s investigations answer, the more new questions are raised. The plot of this novel squirms with turns and diversions. Who can he trust? Who is not to be trusted? Hold your breath: you won’t see the answers coming. Well written, never dull, this novel rolls right along. And then, and then it ends. But it’s not over. There are two more books to this trilogy. Recommended.

debwalker Dec 16, 2013

Another intriguing thriller/ tangled family tale from Goddard... this time out set in the immediate aftermath of WW1 and the negotiation of a peace that ultimately failed - interesting timing given the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war coming up soon.


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