Monday, June 12, 2017

The Man Upon The Stair

I'm thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of the third installment in my Inspector Lefebvre: Mystery in Fin de Siecle Paris series. The Man Upon The Stair will be out from Pegasus Books, expected publication February 2018. Many thanks to the growing number of Achille Lefebvre fans who have kept the series going!

"Paris: September, 1890. Newly promoted Chief Inspector Achille Lefebvre attends the execution of the anarchist assassin, Moreau. Following the execution, outgoing Chief Féraud warns his protégé: "I've heard that some of Moreau's cronies have sworn revenge." Achille takes the warning in stride, but agrees precautions are warranted. “You don't want to get killed your first week as chief.”
Achille barely has time to get accustomed to his new office when a baffling case crosses his desk. Baron de Livet, one of France’s wealthiest men, has gone missing while vacationing at the resort in Aix-Les-Bains. The case is complicated by the fact that Achille and his wife are acquainted with the baron, and the missing millionaire’s wife has come directly to Achille to enlist his aid in finding her husband.

What begins as a routine investigation soon runs into complications, including a poisoned servant, a fortune in missing banknotes, and Russian spies. And Achille mustn’t forget those stalking anarchists who are out for his blood as he searches for the man who wasn’t there…"


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 August, 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.
http://www.amazon.com/Hanged-Man-Mystery-Siecle-Paris/dp/1681771640/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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
again.

“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)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-Montmartre-Mystery-Si%C3%A8cle/dp/160598647X

 

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.

historicalnovelsociety.org/magazines/hnr-issue-61-august-2012/

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!

Gary

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/