Paris, 1924. A city teeming with would-be poets, writers, and painters. Hector Lassiter, fledgling author and best friend of Ernest Hemingway, is crossing the Pont Neuf when he hears a body fall into the icy Seine -- the first in a string of brutal murders of literary magazine editors that throw a shroud over the City of Light. Frantic to stop the ...
Paris, 1924. A city teeming with would-be poets, writers, and painters. Hector Lassiter, fledgling author and best friend of Ernest Hemingway, is crossing the Pont Neuf when he hears a body fall into the icy Seine -- the first in a string of brutal murders of literary magazine editors that throw a shroud over the City of Light. Frantic to stop the killings, Gertrude Stein gathers the most prominent crime and mystery writers in the city, including Hector and the dark, mysterious crime novelist Brinke Devlin. Soon, Hector and Brinke are tangled not only under the sheets, but in a web of murders, each more grisly than the next. As he is drawn deeper into the hunt, Hector finds himself torn between three women with hidden agendas and dark imaginations. When Hector learns that the murders may be the work of a strange cult of writers who are targeting the literary set, Hemingway, Hector, and Brinke must scramble to find the killer before they become the next victims. "A Moveable Feast" meets "The Dante Club" in this ----exquisite mystery that takes readers from the cafes of Montparnasse, through the historic graveyards of Paris, to the smoky backrooms of bookstores and salons. As dark as the shadowy banks of the Seine and as addictive as absinthe, this unforgettable book will grab you and never let go.
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-12-06 Set in Paris in 1924, McDonald's fourth mystery featuring crime novelist Hector Lassiter (after 2010's Print the Legend) shows that more is less. When a murderer begins targeting the editors of small literary magazines, using a variety of killing methods, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas tap Lassiter and his fellow mystery writer and budding love interest, Brinke Devlin, to solve the case and forestall further murders. Ernest Hemingway falls under suspicion, and other historical figures like occultist Aleister Crowley and poet William Carlos Williams enter the action, but none comes to convincing life. Even Lassiter gets lost in a meandering and convoluted plot that brings in a suspected satanist, a gratuitous massacre in a brothel, and a menage ? trois. The author telegraphs twists well in advance and resorts to a fortunate last-minute rescue for his hero. Too many murders and too little coherence don't make for a winning combination. Author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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