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F. Scott Fitzgerald: American Spy


Loved it! 😍

A work of fiction that reads like a historical document that somehow got leaked.

How much do you enjoy Historical Fiction? Emphasis on Fiction. How do you like this to be served?

*Dual time-lines



*Chronological facts

*Epistolary novel

We love all of the above, but there is just something about an epistolary historical novel that makes it so much more "real". I guess it's because of the highly personal and one-sided tone that is easily set with epistolary novels.

It's very hard to believe that F.Scott Fitzgerald: American Spy is a work of fiction. The author did a magnificent job to create a work of fiction that reads like a historical document that somehow got leaked.

Imagine you browse a garage sale and buy a heavy trunk of papers, just for the fun of it. This was 1978 and Google wasn't your best friend yet. So yes, it's more than likely that you will buy a trunk of papers and go through them for nothing but pure enjoyment. Please take note of my choice of wording here - go through the papers, not read through them. Imagine you are browsing through this trunk of papers, obviously quite old already, and realize that it's letters. All written in code.

My! What a marvelous discovery. That is exactly what happened to Mr. Ratchman and aren't we glad he shared his findings with us! Upon digging a bit deeper and asking the former landlady of the owner of the trunk of letters a few questions, he soon discovered that the trunk belonged to a member of the French Resistance. One Hyman Skolski.

After months of translations, code-breaking and careful historical research, what followed is a fascinating historical account of the letters that Henry Duval wrote to Hyman Skolski. If Mr. Skolski really was a member of the L'Esprit Libre Resistance group, we cannot know for sure, but Mr. Duval was one of the founders.

It doesn't take long for the reader to get pulled into a world of espionage, political opinions and factions woven in with the lives of show people, business people and writers of 1940's Hollywood. Mr. Duval was rather fascinated by the works of F.Scott Fitzgerald and his opinions on politics and his world views. Especially later in his life. As one of the early readers of this novel, I want to believe that there is more fact than fiction in this account. That is how well the author handled this "treasure trunk."

If you enjoy your historical fiction served as a epistolary work, F. Scott Fitzgerald is a book I will invite you to take a closer look at for sure! 

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About the author

Murray Sinclair is best known for his hard-boiled Ben Crandel series, a trio of Los Angeles-based mystery novels about a down-on-his luck writer set in early 1980s Hollywood. The first of the three, Tough Luck L.A., received the Special Award from the Mystery Writers of America. view profile

Published on February 15, 2023

Published by Eclectic Books

60000 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

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