The Corners of the Globe

The James Maxted Thrillers

Book 2
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Second in the World Wide Trilogy—“a sophisticated spy story with serious historical chops” from the Edgar Award–winning author of The Ways of the World (Kirkus Reviews).
Paris, 1919. As diplomats debate the aftermath of WWI at the Versailles Peace Conference, Royal Flying Corps veteran–turned–double agent James “Max” Maxted has just received his first mission from his new boss—and sworn enemy—legendary German spy Fritz Lemmer.
Traveling to Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands to collect a mysterious file, Max must keep his true allegiances in mind—and pray his cover isn’t blown. Meanwhile, in Paris, Max’s partner, Sam Twentyman, has problems of his own. A nefarious element in the Japanese delegation is out to kill Lemmer—and they believe they can reach him through Sam.
With the Germans about to enter the peace negotiations, the need for reconciliation among nations is greater than ever. Any mistake in Max’s mission would be fatal—and not just for him.
“Tense action and clever dialogue . . . History buffs and fans of period thrillers . . . will appreciate Goddard’s attention to detail.” —Publishers Weekly
“Tremendous fun.” —Historical Novel Society
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The third James Maxted thriller from the internationally-bestselling author, “a master of the sly double- and triple-cross” (The Seattle Times).
The Treaty of Versailles has finally been signed, officially ending the World War I peace negotiations, and the action shifts east, to Tokyo, where a team assembled at Max’s behest anxiously awaits his arrival on the docks. The dashing Royal Flying Corps veteran turned secret service operative had arrived in Paris soon after the end of the Great War to investigate the suspicious death of his father, a British diplomat named Sir Henry, and soon plunged into a treacherous game of cat-and-mouse with the people behind his father’s death: German spymaster Fritz Lemmer and the dark horse of the Japanese diplomatic contingent, Count Tomura. It is in Japan—where Sir Henry worked as a young government agent—that Max hopes to finally uncover the whole truth behind his father’s murder and take down Lemmer’s spy network once and for all. But what Max’s cohort doesn’t know is that his own storyline seems to have come to an end in a villa outside Marseilles. Stuck in limbo, the team decides to pursue their only lead—right into Lemmer’s den.
Loaded with death threats, knife fights, a kidnapping or two, and a coded list that has the power to dismantle whole governmental hierarchies, The Ends of the Earth is a masterful work of historical cut-and-thrust that tests the bonds of family and country to their very limit.
“Thrilling . . . The third and most satisfying entry in an excellent series of old-school spy thrillers.” —Kirkus Reviews
Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are found murdered in Littleby’s mansion on the rue de Grenelle, and a priceless Indian shawl is missing. Police commissioner “Papa” Gauche recovers only one piece of evidence from the crime scene: a golden key shaped like a whale. Gauche soon deduces that the key is in fact a ticket of passage for the Leviathan, a gigantic steamship soon to depart Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The murderer must be among its passengers.

In Cairo, the ship is boarded by a young Russian diplomat with a shock of white hair—none other than Erast Fandorin, the celebrated detective of Boris Akunin’s The Winter Queen. The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to determine which of ten unticketed passengers on the Leviathan is the rue de Grenelle killer.

Tipping his hat to Agatha Christie, Akunin assembles a colorful cast of suspects—including a secretive Japanese doctor, a professor who specializes in rare Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss woman, and an English aristocrat with an appetite for collecting Asian treasures—all of whom are con?ned together until the crime is solved. As the Leviathan steams toward Calcutta, will Fandorin be able to out-investigate Gauche and discover who the killer is, even as the ship’s passengers are murdered, one by one?

Already an international sensation, Boris Akunin’s latest page-turner transports the reader back to the glamorous, dangerous past in a richly atmospheric tale of suspense on the high seas.

From the Hardcover edition.
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