The Man Upon the Stair: A Mystery in Fin de Siecle Paris


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$25.95  $24.13
Pegasus Crime
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6.2 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Gary Inbinder is the author of The Devil in Montmartre and The Hanged Man and his fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in Bewildering Stories, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Absent Willow Review, Morpheus Tales, Litsnack, Touchstone Magazine, and other publications. He is a member of both the Historical Novel Society and the Bewildering Stories Editorial Review Board. He lives in Woodland Hills, California.


A dizzying number of details recreate the nineteenth-century Paris of artists, prostitutes, aristocrats, gamblers, and spies. Achille continues to endear, with his mashed flowers and good heart, much like Louise Penny's Armand Gamache.
The third of Inbinder's lush, leisurely period procedurals favors the journey over the destination, with back stories and period touches in nearly every chapter.
Inbinder's solid third mystery set in fin-de-siècle Paris finds the capable Achille Lefebvre dealing with blowback from the arrest and execution of terrorist bomber Laurent Moreau. An intriguing plot.
A densely written mystery with a surprise ending that, in addition to an intricate criminal investigation, provides the reader with a real feel for what it was like socially and politically to live in that time and place.
A wonderfully atmospheric novel with "purplish cloud cover," figures hiding in the shadows of doorways, gaslights, and the sound of cartwheels and horses' hooves on the cobblestone streets. Inbinder has created a convincing and intriguing mystery reminiscent of Parisian literature at the turn of the 20th century, when detective work was vastly different than it is today with the benefits of advanced technology.
A wonderfully atmospheric period policiere.
Inbinder's tale is an enjoyable romp through a vibrant time in history with great artists, Can Can dangers, and underworld mobsters set against a pleasingly tawdry Parisian backdrop.
Inbinder weaves a wonderful tale and his plotting and pacing are right on the money.