Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Guest Blog: Seth Lynch
I planned Salazar as a series so I wanted to put him in a time and place that would grow and change around him. I picked Paris 1930. Paris in the twenties was a swinging town full of rich foreigners over-indulging themselves. By 1930 the party's over. The US Stock market's crashed and the Americans are pulling out fast. Tensions between fascists and communists are beginning to rise. The police forces are corrupt (police forces with different overlapping jurisdictions). The government seemed to be on the point of collapse and the nation on the point of civil war. Jobs were scarce and a series of financial scandals did bring down one government. This turmoil bleeds into 1939, the phoney war, followed by the German invasion, collaboration and resistance. In short, it felt like the place to stick a hard-boiled detective and see what came his way.
Here's the blurb:
Paris. 1930. An English detective haunted by his experiences of the Great War, Salazar whiles away the days playing chess and taking on as little work as possible. When the alluring Marie Poncelet hires him to find a missing man, Gustave Marty, it's a case he'll soon wish he'd refused.
Because finding a missing man isn't anything like finding a man who doesn't want to be found. And Gustave Marty has covered his tracks with a smokescreen that will push Salazar beyond the limits of physical endurance and to the edge of insanity.
As he's drawn ever deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the City of Light, Salazar's closed, structured world is blown apart by the arrival of a friend from his pre-war youth, the beautiful Megan Fitzwilliam, whose tenderness and love of life is a stark contrast to the brutal violence that lies within him.
When that violence threatens to engulf them both, Salazar must seek redemption or lose that which has finally made his life worth living.
And some kind words from fellow authors:
‘Combines the appeal of a colourful and fresh lead character with an intriguing Parisian setting at a fascinating moment in time. A promising debut.’
Chris Ewan, author of Safe House and Dead Line
‘An intelligent, moody novel, brimming over with well-drawn characters and unexpected insights. But more than anything else, Lynch gives us a Paris that feels real; his knowledge of the city in that particular time is staggeringly evocative, and makes Salazar an exceptional novel.’
Heath Lowrance, author of City of Heretics and The Bastard Hand
‘Superbly evoking the atmosphere of 1930s Paris, Salazar is a taut and engaging mystery novel from a great new writer. Lynch has created a classic anti-hero. Still carrying the scars of war, he’s the kind of man driven to do the right thing, regardless of the cost to himself in this engrossing debut novel.’
Nick Quantrill, author of Broken Dreams and The Late Greats
‘An absorbing twist on the hardboiled detective. Lynch has invented a whole new landscape: Paris-noir in the dissolute 1930s.’
Gary Corby, author of The Pericles Commission and The Ionia Sanction
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