Friday, November 20, 2015

The Hanged Man

My second Inspector Lefebvre mystery, The Hanged Man:A Mystery in Fin de Siecle Paris, is coming from Pegasus Books (Distributed in the U.S. by W.W. Norton Co. Inc.) , expected publication date August 1, 2016.

Like many fin de siècle Parisians, Inspector Achille Lefebvre is looking forward to a pleasant summer holiday at a seaside resort with his wife, Adele—but a body found hanging from a bridge in a public park interferes with the inspector's plans.
Paris: July, 1890. Inspector Achille Lefebvre and his wife Adele are enjoying their stay at a seaside resort—until a body found hanging from a bridge in a public park demands the Inspector's attention.

Is it suicide or murder? A twisted trail of evidence draws Inspector Lefebvre into a shadowy underworld of international intrigue, espionage, and terrorism. Time is of the essence; pressure mounts on the Sureté to get results. Achille's chief orders him to work with his former partner, Inspector Rousseau, now in charge of a special unit in the newly formed political brigade. But can Achille trust the detective who let him down in another case?

Inspector Lefebvre uses innovative forensics and a network of police spies to uncover a secret alliance, a scheme involving the sale of a cutting-edge high explosive, and an assassination plot that threatens to ignite a world war.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Devil in Montmartre

My new historical murder mystery, The Devil in Montmartre: A Mystery in Fin de Siècle Paris, will be out this year in hardcover edition from Pegasus Books (Distributed in the U.S. by W.W. Norton, & Co) with an expected December 15, 2014 publication date.

Amid the bustle of Paris’s 1889 Universal Exposition, workers
discover the mutilated corpse of a popular model and Moulin
Rouge Can-Can dancer in a Montmartre cesspit. Hysterical 
rumors swirl that Jack the Ripper has crossed the Channel, 
and Inspector Achille Lefebvre enters the Parisian underworld 
to track down the brutal killer. His suspects are the artist
Toulouse-Lautrec; Jojo, an acrobat at the Circus Fernando; and
Sir Henry Collingwood, a mysterious English gynecologist and 
amateur artist.

Pioneering the new system of fingerprint detection
and using cutting-edge forensics, including crime-scene
photography, pathology, and laboratory analysis, Inspector 
Lefebvre attempts to separate the innocent from the guilty.
But he must work quickly before the “Paris Ripper” strikes

“Fin-de-siecle Paris comes brilliantly alive in The Devil in Montmarte. With an insidious conspiracy against Toulouse-Lautrec and a cast of characters including artists, writers, Can-Can dancers, and an evil circus clown, Gary Inbinder lays a plot as fascinating as the midnight streets of the Parisian Right Bank.” (Michael Wiley, Shamus Award-winning author of A Bad Night’s Sleep)

“Has Jack the Ripper reemerged in Paris? Or did Toulouse-Lautrec, or any number of colorful suspects, dismember a beautiful young woman? With vivid historical detail, Inbinder takes us on a twisted journey through gaudy, gritty fin-de-siecle Paris to a shocking denouement.” (Barbara Corrado Pope, author of The Missing Italian Girl)


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Maupassant's Bel Ami

In Whit Stillman's film, Metropolitan, one character describes his rival as follows in a funny scene at a Debutante Ball after-party:
"Rick Von Slonecker is tall, rich, good-looking, stupid, dishonest, conceited, a bully, liar, drunk and thief, an egomaniac, and probably psychotic. In short, highly attractive to women."
That description from a 1990's Indie comedy of manners could apply to Georges Duroy, aka Bel Ami, the quintessential unlikeable protagonist of Maupassant's 1885 masterpiece. Granted Duroy is neither alcoholic nor stupid, and he doesn't start out rich. Otherwise, the description suits him to a tee.
After serving a hitch as a junior officer in Algeria, Duroy, the son of peasant innkeepers, tries his luck in Paris. A fortuitous meeting with an old friend launches a career in journalism. Soon, Georges is climbing the social ladder over the bodies of several influential society women, including his friend's wife. Dubbed Bel-Ami by one of his mistresses' daughters, he conquers with a charm reminiscent of the amorous cartoon skunk, Pepé Le Pew. The rags to riches story incorporates a clever sub-plot in which a cadre of unscrupulous politicians and their journalist cronies profit from a colonial power grab in North Africa.

Duroy reminded me of Edith Wharton's predatory social climber, Undine Spragg (The Custom of the Country). The fictional adventures of such amoral scoundrels are often more engaging than those of worthy protagonists. That's especially true when a great storyteller such as Maupassant or Wharton tells the tale. I highly recommend "Bel Ami" to anyone interested in the Belle Époque, and especially to those who prefer an acerbic alternative to a sugarcoated Cinderella story like the musical "Gigi."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Confessions of the Creature - Historical Novels Review

Arleigh Johnson reviewed Confessions of the Creature for HNR Issue 61 (August 2012). You can read the review online at the link below.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Victorian Technological Revolution

I've guest-posted on the above referenced topic: The Victorian Technological Revolution. You can read the post at the English History Authors blogspot. Comments are welcome and encouraged!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Confessions of the Creature Back In Print

My first novel, Confessions of the Creature, is back in print in a new Fireship Press edition. The new edition looks great, and I've corrected some minor errors, including a couple of issues of historical fact, that appeared in the first edition. I'm very grateful to the folks at Fireship Press for helping bring my creature back to life.

The story of Frankenstein's monster continues... In the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea, the creature has taken the ultimate revenge on his creator, Frankenstein. He travels south, where a chance meeting with a witch gives him the opportunity to overcome what he is, and perhaps become who he was meant to be. Transformed into a normal-looking man, but retaining his superhuman strength, the creature journeys to Moscow, where he becomes the protégé of a wealthy natural philosopher and the lover of his daughter, Sabrina. Taking the name Viktor Suvorin, the creature wins acclaim as a military hero while Napoleon rages across Europe. Following the wars, Viktor and Sabrina travel to Switzerland, where they meet Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who bases her novel on Viktor's memoirs. Viktor faces a final challenge to his hard-won humanity when tragedy strikes his family and he returns to the Arctic. There, on a frozen sea under the shimmering Northern Lights, the creature must confront the meaning of his creation and his life. "... a compelling, thought-provoking novel with an undercurrent that made me always a little anxious about what will happen next to the characters." Camellia, Long and Short Reviews "This wonderfully written novel will have any reader hooked right from the beginning. It is an enjoyable and extraordinary story! I hope this will not be the last we see of this author, who obviously has a wonderful talent." Ann Marie Chalmers, Front Street Reviews

Confessions of the Creature is now available in paperback and e-book formats from, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers.