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He is always a step ahead in his action and that is just the way you'll like it.
Downie brings both Paris and his characters alive with an economical but richly descriptive prose style reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Eric Ambler.
Overall though, the book has a very good plot with a lot of fast action, chase scenes, and twists in the plot.
Jay Grant son of a CIA agent is a journalist turned photography historian / expert uncovers some strange happenings, his journalistic instincts take over, and starts to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by BasingstoneBook
A forged Daguerrotype leads via the murder of an ancient dame to a nest of unreconstructed Nazi sympathisers and terrorists. Read morePublished 14 months ago by martin simpson
Paris City of Night is a riveting read! I might have finished it in only one or two sittings had I not been sidetracked a couple of times by having to take out a map to pinpoint... Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Oz
I recently read David Downie's book - "Paris, City of Night" and I loved it! You could tell that he had done a lot of research on daguerrotypes and since he lives in Paris, he... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by C. A. Jenkins
Paris City of Night is a terrific read. Thoroughly captivated from the first paragraph. Not a line can be skipped. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Jasper Brinton
HIgh marks to this action thriller for originality. Spies using daguerreotype messaging for 21st Century skullduggery (sort of); complicated spy vs. Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Blue in Washington
Without ever having actually been to Paris, the reader feels as if they are there and rounding every corner with the characters. Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by J. F. Juzwik
Gets you right into the thick of Paris life - good characters, fast paced, interesting background with historical tidbits and descriptive tastes of the city - well written. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by K. Key
An excellent multi-layered book, combining the plot of a thriller with history, atmosphere, and the hero's personal history. Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by marie pasanen