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Gary Inbinder is a retired attorney who left the practice of law to write full-time. His fiction, articles and essays have appeared in Bewildering Stories, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Absent Willow Review, Morpheus Tales, Touchstone Magazine and other publications. Gary is a member of The Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America. He is also a member of the Bewildering Stories Editorial Review Board. His Inspector Lefebvre series is published by Pegasus Books.

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Gary Inbinder Thanks for the question, H. I read several books to get an impression of Paris police work in that period, including "The Truth About the Case: The…moreThanks for the question, H. I read several books to get an impression of Paris police work in that period, including "The Truth About the Case: The Experiences of M.F. Goron, Ex Chief of the Paris Detective Police" (1907) and Ashton Wolfe's "The Forgotten Clue," (1930). Ashton Wolfe was a British detective and fiction writer who worked with the Paris detectives in the early twenties. With the exception of some advancements in communications, transportation and forensics, routine procedure in the early 1920s probably hadn't changed much from what it was in the 1890s.

I also drew upon Simenon's "Maigret." Simenon's experience with the Paris police dates from the time he was a young reporter in the twenties. Further, Simenon may have based Maigret on Marcel Guillaume, a detective who began his career around the turn of the century.

Finally, I considered my own experience with the law, since I believe much daily routine work is timeless and universal.

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Gary Inbinder I've never been totally blocked, but I've been stymied, at times. This is particularly tough when you're almost finished with a novel and don't know…moreI've never been totally blocked, but I've been stymied, at times. This is particularly tough when you're almost finished with a novel and don't know how to end it. As I recall, Hemingway had something to say about his fear of a blank page. I can understand that fear. The only way I know of to overcome it is to keep writing, even if you think what you're writing is no good. You can always come back later and fix it. Just keep on writing. (less)
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Zotheca: SF/Fantasy

Zotheca, a Science Fiction Fantasy, is one of my earliest published short stories. It's about a lonely widower who has a close encounter of a different kind. I believe it will appeal to Twilight Zone aficionados and fans of writers like Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson. Here's a brief excerpt:

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Description: Marcia Brownlow, a young, unemployed American governess in late nineteenth century Italy, masquerades as a man to advance her career. She adopts the persona of her dead brother Mark and becomes the prot g e of Arthur Wolcott, a famous American expatriate author who discovers Marcia's artistic talent. Wolcott introduces his prot g e to wealthy art patrons in Florence, Venice, Paris, and London, including three women who, deceived as to Marcia's sex, fall in love with the captivating artist. Marcia emulates her idol, the great English landscape artist William Turner. As she develops her skills, James Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and Sir Frederic Leighton, the leader of the London art establishment, praise her paintings of Florence and Venice. However, on the eve of her greatest triumph, Marcia's first love returns to threaten her with exposure and scandal
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Description: The story of Frankenstein’s monster continues… In the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea, the creature has taken the ultimate revenge on his creator, Frankenstein. He travels south, where a chance meeting with a witch gives him the opportunity to overcome what he is, and perhaps become who he was meant to be. Transformed into a normal-looking man, but retaining his superhuman strength, the creature journeys to Moscow, where he becomes the protégé of a wealthy natural philosopher and the lover of his daughter, Sabrina. Taking the name Viktor Suvorin, the creature wins acclaim as a military hero while Napoleon rages across Europe. Following the wars, Viktor and Sabrina travel to Switzerland, where they meet Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who bases her novel on Viktor’s memoirs. Viktor faces a final challenge to his hard-won humanity when tragedy strikes his family and he returns to the Arctic. There, on a frozen sea under the shimmering Northern Lights, the creature must confront the meaning of his creation and his life

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“To say "He was a young fool, and now he's an old fool" is to make a distinction without a difference.”
Gary Inbinder

“Thank heaven for people who are satisfied with facts that conform to the reality they wish to believe.”
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“Venice appeared to me as in a recurring dream, a place once visited and now fixed in memory like images on a photographer’s plates so that my return was akin to turning the leaves of a portfolio: a scene of the gondolas moored by the railway station; the Grand Canal in twilight; the Rialto bridge; the Piazza San Marco; the shimmering, rippling wonderland; the bustling water traffic; the fish market; the Lido beach and boardwalk; Teeny in the launch; the singing, gesturing gondoliers; the bourgeois tourists drinking coffee at Florian’s; the importunate beggars; the drowned girl’s ghost haunting the Bridge of Sighs; the pigeons, mosquitoes and fetor of decay.”
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“The philosophers write about things as they are and as they appear to be, but as an artist I find that appearance is everything.”
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“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it."

(Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767)”
Voltaire

“If you're as detached as that, why does the obsolete institution of marriage survive with you?"

Oh, it still has its uses. One couldn't be divorced without it.”
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“If this was love, love had been overrated.”
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“When I am wicked I am in high spirits.”
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Gary Inbinder Glenn wrote: "Hi Gary! I see your novel is nearly at the top of my stack. Since I usually include a pic or two in my review that captures the spirit of the novel, as a Goodreads friend I will extend the courtesy..."

Thanks, Glenn! I'll send you a couple of photos.

Gary


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Glenn Russell Hi Gary! I see your novel is nearly at the top of my stack. Since I usually include a pic or two in my review that captures the spirit of the novel, as a Goodreads friend I will extend the courtesy of asking if you have a favorite photo and/or work of art you would like me to include. I also include an author photo. Likewise, if you have one you would like me to include, please send it along. If so in either or both cases, perhaps the best way is to send me a personal message with a link to the pages.

If you would prefer not to, that's cool, just let me know and I'll do the choosing.

Cheers,
Glenn


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Gary Inbinder Glenn wrote: "Hey Gary. Thanks for being such a good Goodreads friend! I do appreciate your stopping by to read and comment on my reviews now and then. Anyway, my local library system has your The Devil in Montm..."

Thanks, Glenn! I've been enjoying your insightful reviews for some time now, and I certainly look forward with interest to your review of The Devil. I've completed the Inspector Lefebvre trilogy and, as I've already stated in a blog post and a self-review of the last of three novels, it's been hard saying good-bye to Achille and his world. However, I'm still writing and, as you said, that's another reason to try and stay healthy! :)

Best,
Gary


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Glenn Russell Hey Gary. Thanks for being such a good Goodreads friend! I do appreciate your stopping by to read and comment on my reviews now and then. Anyway, my local library system has your The Devil in Montmartre. It is on my tbr stack, a very, very large stack. I look forward to reading and reviewing. I'm a complete eccentric and hold to a tight monthly schedule. The Devil will be read and reviewed in the month of July. Gives me yet again another reason to maintain my good health! :)


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Gary Inbinder Fionnuala wrote: "Very nice to meet you, Gary."

Nice to meet you, too, Fionnuala. And I noticed you're currently readings James's Wings of the Dove. I look forward to your review. ;)


Fionnuala Very nice to meet you, Gary.


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Gary Inbinder Marita wrote: "Thank you for your friend request and your kind comment re my review, Gary.

(Oh, you are friend number 100!)"


You're welcome, Marita. Your review was especially interesting to me because my novel, "The Devil in Montmartre", is set in Paris during the 1889 Universal Exposition.
I look forward to reading more of your reviews!


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Gary Inbinder You're welcome, Lauren!


Lauren Gilbert Thank you, Gary! I enjoy reading your posts as well!


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Gary Inbinder You're very welcome, Danielle!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Hi Gary. Thanks for the friendvite.


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