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Author: Robert Goddard Narrator: Derek Perkins Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Wide World Trilogy Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781622317684
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Four years of horrific fighting have finally ended on the battlefield, but in the spring of 1919, Paris is filled with delegates from around the world who are still trying to hammer out the terms of peace. One such delegate is British diplomat Sir Henry Maxted, in charge of liaising with Brazilians regarding seized ships. But before a deal is reached, Sir Henry turns up dead outside a Montparnasse apartment building, apparently having fallen from the roof. His sons Max and Ashley are sent to Paris to collect the body, and it quickly becomes clear that the theory the French police have put forward is flawed. But since the murder of a diplomat could be disastrous for the peace conference, no one is keen to ask questions—except Max.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into his father’s death soon leads Max into a dangerous world of secret allegiances, international espionage, and people double-crossing each other at the highest levels of government. How far is he willing to go to discover the truth about the death of a father he barely knew? And how much will the authorities—and others—let him find out before threatening Max’s own life?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maxted, the dashing protagonist of Robert Goddard’s historical espionage thriller, is a refreshing throwback to an earlier romantic tradition of heroes…A rip-roaring adventure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Goddard paints the Paris of that era with sure strokes.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Robert Goddard is the master of complex, tricky thrillers that dazzle with surprises. Another stellar performance.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “Dashed good yarn-spanning. The action is insistent and often deadly.”

    Toronto Star (Canada)

  • “British narrator Derek Perkins authentically delivers this spy story set in Paris in the early twentieth century. His facility with accents makes for an outstanding listening experience… With verve and flawless pacing, Perkins displays excellent storytelling skills. His French and American accents are good, so the international cast is fully believable, and the clever plot moves forward quickly and precisely…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “[A] wildly entertaining historical thriller…The prospect of a series starring a suave yet gutsy WWI vet cavorting about the international espionage stage (imagine Cary Grant in the role) is, well, more than a little intoxicating.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A sly, highbrow take on the espionage thriller with a rich background that lends sophistication to an already opulent story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire and studied history at Cambridge. His first novel, Past Caring, was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-your-seat pace and their labyrinthine plotting. His first Harry Barnett novel, Into the Blue, won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for a television show starring John Thaw. His thriller Long Time Coming won an Edgar Award.

About the Narrator

Alison Larkin is a playwright, stage actress, stand-up comic, voice artist, and Earphones Award–winning narrator whose wide range of voices can be heard in cartoons and movies, including Pocahontas and The Wonder Pets.