Friday, 15 June 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch





Title: A Dead American in Paris (Salazar Book 2)

Author: Seth Lynch 
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Publication Date: 27 March 2018

Twitter: @SethALynch

I am excited to be today's stop on the blog tour for A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch. Thank you to Fahrenheit Press and Emma from Damppebbles.com for inviting me to take part in this tour.

Blurb

Paris. 1931.

Arty Homebrook lived and died in a world of sleeze which stretched from Chicago to Paris but never beyond the gutter. 

He'd been sleeping with Madame Fulton, which is why Harry Fulton promised to kill him. So far as the Paris Police are concerned it's an open and shut case. Harry's father has other ideas and hires Salazar to investigate. 

As Salazar gets to grips with the case he's dragged reluctantly into an unpleasant world of infidelity, blackmail, backstreet abortions and murder. 

Salazar is far too inquisitive to walk away and far too stubborn to know what's for the best. So he wakes up each hungover morning, blinks into the sunlight, and presses on until it's his life on the line. Then he presses on some more, just for the hell of it. 

Review

A Dead American in Paris is the sequel to A Citizen of Nowhere (Salazar Book 1). I must admit that I found it difficult to get along with the story in the first chapter, however once the first scene was concluded, it suddenly 'clicked' for me and I flew through the remainder of the book in the space of one day.

The story is set in Paris. It is January 1931 and the unrelenting cold provides a chilling backdrop to the tale.

British detective, Salazar, his quick-witted lover Megan and his chess-partner Filatre, live amongst the run down cafes and tenement buildings which sprawl across the city. You can virtually smell the stench of the rubbish-strewn roads, the heavy cigarette smoke, bitter coffee and the cheap red wine.

Salazar is an interesting fellow - damaged by the war, he is extremely conflicted, drinks too much, smokes to much and sometimes appears to be living on the very edge of sanity. Salazar is, however, a good detective. He has a keen mind, a cynical outlook and a habit of flouting the rules.

This is a tale of the dark underbelly of 'the city of lights', of violence, infidelity, blackmail and murder.

Lynch provides a detailed and well-mapped plot that looks not only at the murder in question, but also at the political and social scene in Paris during that era.

A Dead American in Paris is a tale of vice, lust, power and, ultimately, justice. It is a very satisfying tale and a great read for those who are fans of a good noir crime mystery.

An interesting story and one well worth the read.

About the Author 

Born and brought up in the West of England, Seth has also lived in Carcassonne, Zurich and the Isle of Man.

With two daughters, his writing time is the period spent in cafes as the girls do gym, dance and drama lessons.




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