Greenwich, Connecticut, 1922. Newspaper man Joe Henry finds himself the primary suspect when his friend, fellow reporter Wynton Gresham, is murdered. Both were veterans of French battles during WWI—the war that was supposed to end all wars.
Unanswered questions pile up in the wake of a violent night: Gresham lies dead in his home, a manuscript he had just completed has gone missing, three Frenchmen lay dead in a car accident less than a mile from Gresham’s home, and a trunk full of Gresham’s clothes lay neatly packed in his bedroom. Hours after his friend’s death, Henry discovers in Gresham’s desk drawer a one-way ticket reserved in his friend’s name aboard a steamer ship to France. The ticket is dated for the next day. Henry steals away under Gresham’s identity, escaping the heated interrogation of the town sheriff, to Paris in the roaring 20s. In the City of Light he becomes a hunted man. To clear his name he must find the man responsible for his friend’s murder, while evading his own, and discover the deadly secret revealed in the lost manuscript. In the process, with the help of other broken veteran expats of Hemingway’s Lost Generation living in Paris, he finds hope in a world irrevocably altered by war.
Meet the Author
DANIEL ROBINSON’s first career was fighting wildfires, and the experiences from those fourteen years serve as the basis for his first novel, After the Fire. He won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for his Depression-era noir, The Shadow of Violence. He has a PhD from the writing program at the University of Denver and has published numerous articles about Hemingway and the post-WWI Lost Generation. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he teaches American literature and runs a small historical collectibles business.