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  • Published: 1 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780552167055
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

The Ways of the World

(The Wide World - James Maxted 1)




A thrilling espionage story set in Paris after the First World War, full of classic Goddard double crosses and triple twists

1919. The eyes of the world are on the city of Paris where diplomats, politicians, spies and opportunists have gathered to discuss the fate of Germany in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the First World War. In such circumstances, the last thing the British diplomatic community need is the untimely death of one of their delegation. So when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress’ apartment block in mysterious circumstances, their first instinct is to sanitize any unexplained aspects to his death.
But his son ex Royal Flying Corps ace, James ‘Max’ Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to get to the bottom of Sir Henry’s death - even if it does mean disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where nations are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and stakes are very high, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who is a foe. And Max will soon discover how much he needs friends…

  • Pub date: 1 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780552167055
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire in 1954. He was educated at Price’s School Fareham, and Peterhouse, Cambridge where he read History. He unsuccessfully pursued various career options, finally spending ten years as a local government officer. Frustrated with a lot of contemporary fiction, he set out to write a novel that did what he wanted more novels to do: tell a tightly constructed and densely plotted story engrossingly and satisfyingly. The result was Past Caring and when it became a success he realised that he had, in fact, always been a writer.

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Praise for The Ways of the World

“A sly, highbrow take on the espionage thriller with a rich background that lends sophistication to an already opulent story”

Kirkus Reviews


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