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The Death of a Century

A Novel of the Lost Generation

Greenwich, Connecticut, 1922. Newspaper man Joe Henry finds himself the primary suspect when his friend, fellow reporter Wynton Gresham, is murdered. Both were veterans of French battles during WWI—the war that was supposed to end all wars.

Unanswered questions pile up in the wake of a violent night: Gresham lies dead in his home, a manuscript he had just completed has gone missing, three Frenchmen lay dead in a car accident less than a mile from Gresham's home, and a trunk full of Gresham's clothes lay neatly packed in his bedroom. Hours after his friend's death, Henry discovers in Gresham's desk drawer a one-way ticket reserved in his friend's name aboard a steamer ship to France. The ticket is dated for the next day. Henry steals away under Gresham's identity, escaping the heated interrogation of the town sheriff, to Paris in the roaring 20s. In the City of Light he becomes a hunted man. To clear his name he must find the man responsible for his friend's murder, while evading his own, and discover the deadly secret revealed in the lost manuscript. In the process, with the help of other broken veteran expats of Hemingway's Lost Generation living in Paris, he finds hope in a world irrevocably altered by war.

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“An entertaining gallop of a story, by a writer both innovative and spellbinding.”—Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

“Robinson’s atmospheric tale of betrayal and revenge paints a passionate picture of the Lost Generation…” — Publisher’s Weekly

“The author deals with the main character’s shellshock with a great deal of care and sympathy, while paralleling the brutality of the world off the battlefield. This is a book not to be missed; it is a mystery, thriller, historical drama in one package.” —Manhattan Book Review

“The lessons of World War I are as relevant today as they were one hundred years ago and when we read novels like Death of a Century, we are reminded poignantly of these lessons.” —Historical Novel Society

“An entertaining gallop of a story, by a writer both innovative and spellbinding.”—Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

“Robinson’s atmospheric tale of betrayal and revenge paints a passionate picture of the Lost Generation…” — Publisher’s Weekly

“The author deals with the main character’s shellshock with a great deal of care and sympathy, while paralleling the brutality of the world off the battlefield. This is a book not to be missed; it is a mystery, thriller, historical drama in one package.” —Manhattan Book Review

“The lessons of World War I are as relevant today as they were one hundred years ago and when we read novels like Death of a Century, we are reminded poignantly of these lessons.” —Historical Novel Society

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