Unlikely Friends Unite to Save a Wrongly Accused American Soldier and a Fragile Treaty of Peace in The Historical Mystery, The Paris Deception, from Author David O. Stewart
--1919-1920, Paris and Berlin--
In the wake of The Great War, the city of Paris unites in jubilant celebration at the arrival of United States President, Woodrow Wilson. But amidst the prospect of peace, Parisians are dying as the Spanish influenza reaches epidemic proportions.
An expert on the deadly illnesses, Dr. Major Jamie Fraser, is called in to advise the president's own doctor on how best to avoid the deadly disease and discovers, despite Wilson's robust appearance, the man is frailer than most realize.
While trying to determine the source of Wilson's maladies, Fraser encounters a man he has not seen for nearly twenty years: Speed Cook--ex-professional ball player and now advocate for Negro rights. Cook is also desperate to save his son Joshua, an army sergeant wrongly accused of desertion.
Pledging to help Cook, Fraser approaches Allen Dulles, an American spy, who is also Wilson's close aide.
Soon Cook and Fraser's quest intersects with dramatic events when the French premier, Georges Clemenceau, narrowly survives an assassination attempt, and the Paris Peace Convergence begins to unravel.
When the precarious German government balks at the grim terms of the peace treaty, Cook and Fraser discover that to save Joshua, they must find a way to preserve the fragile treaty, which may be the only barrier standing between Europe and another brutal war.
Publisher's Note: The Fraser and Cook Historical Mystery Series will be enjoyed by fans of American history and period mystery novels. Free of graphic sex and with some mild profanity, this series can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
"Another terrific Fraser and Cook mystery...The book's fun part is its name game, as familiar historic figures mingle with made-up characters. ...The story line's dangling threads braid a tight, clever finish, worthy of a vintage spy caper or 007's own playbook." Washington Post, November 18, 2015
"Stewart deftly depicts the mood of an era and the colorful figures who shaped it." Publishers Weekly, September 2015
"This fast-paced novel combines suspense and history in this fictional narrative about the Paris Peace Conference and President Wilson's ailing health..." Fox 11 News, Green Bay, WI, February 2017
"Stewart moves characters from The Lincoln Deception to the period just after the end of WWI. The historical details and interaction with famous figures make for an intriguing read." RT Book Reviews, September 2015
"The post-armistice negotiations provide a fascinating look at the jockeying for power among countries who are ostensibly allies." Historical Novel Society, November 2, 2015
The Fraser and Cook Historical Mystery Series
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About the Author
After many years as a trial and appellate lawyer, David O. Stewart became a bestselling writer of history and historical fiction. His first novel, The Lincoln Deception, about the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy, was called the best historical novel of 2013 by Bloomberg View. Sequels include The Paris Deception, set at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and The Babe Ruth Deception, which follows Babe's first two years with the Yankees. Stewart's histories explore the writing of the Constitution, the gifts of James Madison, the western expedition and treason trial Aaron Burr, and the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. In February 2021, Dutton published Stewart's George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father.