In American historical fiction "the
reigning champion is Max Byrd."
Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Ellis in the New York Times
Great News! All of Max's earlier novels are being reprinted! They're available now in beautiful new paperbacks or in ebook form.
The three novels about American presidents are republished by Random House. Each one has a new feature at the back written by Max just for these editions. Very suitable for book clubs and discussion groups.
And Max's early detective novels and thrillers have been reissued from Turner Publishing as gorgeous new paperbacks.
THE PARIS DEADLINE
"The best 'code and cipher' novel I've ever read, a wonderful historical thriller!"
Newspaper reporter Toby Keats, a veteran of the Great War and the only American in Paris who doesn't know Hemingway, has lived a quiet life—until one day he comes into possession of a rare eighteenth-century automate, a very strange and somewhat scandalous mechanical duck. Highly sought after by an enigmatic American banker, European criminals, and the charming young American Elsie Short, the duck is rumored to hold the key to opening a new frontier in weapons technology for the German army, now beginning to threaten Europe once more. Haunted with his nightmarish past in the War, Toby pursues the truth behind the duck.
Historical fictiontelling dramatic stories about real people and events from the pastmay be our oldest literary genre.
In the Western tradition, historical fiction probably begins with the Iliad. After that it is a very rich field indeed: Shakespeare wrote history plays, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote historical fiction, War and Peace is an epic historical novel.
Max Byrd's acclaimed historical novels concern both real and invented characters. The settings are authentic, the story-telling dramatic. The Associated Press says that his novel Grant, about the last years of Ulysses S. Grant, "is typical of what Byrd does so wellcombine a minimum of fictional characters with splendid research, vivid imagination, and above all, historical accuracy to portray a truthful profile of a famous American."