“Robert Goddard is one of the few authors whose books always entertain and educate me. In this one, a RAF pilot goes to Paris to investigate the mysterious death of his father in the months after the end of WWI. He discovers a sordid romance, a nest of spies, and a conspiracy centered around the negotiation of the Treaty of Versailles. “ –
— Tom at the Marina
From the Edgar Award-winning writer Robert Goddard comes a captivating new historical thriller, set at the tail end of World War I and featuring the devilishly charismatic James "Max" Maxted, a Royal Flying Corps veteran who has a knack for getting himself in trouble.
In the spring of 1919, Paris is filled with delegates working towards the Treaty of Versailles--British diplomat Sir Henry Maxted among them. But before his work is done, he turns up dead outside a Montparnasse apartment building. The French police conclude that Sir Henry tripped and fell from the roof, but when his son Max is sent to Paris to collect the body, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to the story, starting with the beautiful woman whose apartment Sir Henry often visited. What begins as an innocent inquiry into his father's death soon leads Max into a perilous world of secret allegiances, international espionage, and double- and triple-crosses. The Ways of the World
is a vivid, visceral thriller at the crossroads of history, where one spilled secret has the power to change the fate of empires.