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Paris City of Night Paperback – June 15, 2009
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Photographer Jay Grant used his darkroom skills just for fun, producing some believable fake daguerreotypes but when one shows up at a Paris auction, threatening to connect him as a forger and a fraud, Grant dives in to recover the remaining fakes and keep his hands clean. Unfortunately, he didn t know how deep the water was: as the son of a spy, memories from his childhood and another set of daguerrotypes believed to contain important secret messages encoded in a way only Jay can decipher make him a target for the CIA, French intelligence, and possibly other spies and spooks with uncertain allegiances. David Downie s new novel Paris City of Night is Jay s story, stringing together terrorism, auction house fraud, murder, photography, and Nazis into a captivating mystery. [...] Downie s attention to detail and the smooth inclusion of the factual and the fanciful help give the book the believable weight which makes it a much stronger book than you might expect... --Derek Dahlsad, Collectors Quest
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Paris is affectionately nicknamed "The City of Light." But where there's light, there's inevitably shadow. Like many expat writers, Downie knows his adopted turf better than many locals -- witness the spot-on description of Jim Morrison's gravesite or a seedy barber shop near the Pantheon -- and he illuminates those hidden recesses, painting a vivid chiaroscuro portrait of the shady Parisian underbelly. Paris, City of Night recalls the complex political intrigues of Le Carré, the shadowy ambiance of Ambler, the psychological insight of Simenon, the cat-and-mouse tension of Highsmith... yet showcases Downie's unique voice and pitch-perfect perspective on his adopted city. And his prose is relentlessly entertaining (or entertainingly relentless). His recipe mixes secret Daguerreotype codes, embittered Cold Warriors, terrorists, and a somewhat reluctant, ambivalent "son of a spook" hero -- with a soupcon of sex and even spicier political commentary.
After reading this twisting compulsive CIA actioner, you'll never think of Paris in quite the same way.
For a sunnier view of his expat hometown, I recommend reading Downie's ode in essay form (Paris Paris) or one of his marvelous cookbooks (which also include delectable details of local flavor as well as flavors).
Downie is a master at crafting a story with real, dimensional characters, places with texture, keen dialogue and beautiful language that stays with you. He is always a step ahead in his action and that is just the way you'll like it.
I hope this will be just the first of many thrillers to come from this exceptional author. Encore, monsieur!