The Corners of the Globe – Robert Goddard
The Corners of the Globe by Robert Goddard is a smashing tale of mustachioed derring-do set shortly after the First World War. It’s the second volume in the Maxted trilogy: the story of James Maxted, former flying ace, investigating his father’s suspicious and untimely death. The first volume – where you may want to start – is The Way of the World.
The Corners of the Globe opens in the spring of 1919. We enter a world still in shock after the Great War and struggling to rebuild itself along new lines. James ‘Max’ Maxted, has left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted. He now wants to know about what led to his father’s death and needs to track down the elusive German spymaster, Fritz Lemmer.
Max goes deep under cover to infiltrate Lemmer’s network and travels to the Orkneys, where the German High Seas Fleet has been interned in Scapa Flow. His mission is to recover a document hidden on one of the German battleships. The information it contains is so explosive, however, that Max is forced to break cover and embark on a desperate and dangerous race south, pursued by men who will stop at nothing to hide the truth.
Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire and read History at Cambridge. The Corners of the Globe is his 24th novel. His first – Past Caring – was an instant bestseller. He won the inaugural WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award for New Fiction for Into the Blue; and Long Time Coming won him an Edgar in the Mystery Writers of America awards.
His website, www.robertgoddard.com is an excellent read, with thoughtful insights and background information in his enjoyable ‘behind the book’ pages. A must for fans.
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