1889, Paris and the Universal Exposition by Michael A. Gotwalt
Paris was the center of the world in 1889. From art to architecture to engineering to imagination, Paris set the standard for the soon to come 20th century. Into this scene comes photographer Eustace Wyatt, photojournalist for eccentric publisher James Gordon-Bennett Jr. After a stopover in London to photograph the murder ground of the still unsolved ripper murders, and by happenstance meet his favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, Wyatt proceeds to Paris and takes up residence in Montmartre. The Universal Exposition is soon to open with Eiffel’s Tower the centerpiece. Come along with Wyatt and his writing partner, Lloyd Kane, as they experience La Belle Epoque. Along the way they befriend the likes of Toulouse Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Gustav Eiffel, Nikola Tesla, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and others. They discover that behind the scenes, Europe is in turmoil both on the continent and with possessions in Africa and the Levant. Excitement and espionage soon become part of their daily routine. At the center of this is the Universal Exposition, arguably one of the greatest of fairs. All of Europe is there and the exposition provides an exciting locale for mystery, intrigue and murder.
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Mike Gotwalt resides in Vero Beach, Florida with his wife Nancy. In an earlier life he was a logistician for both the government and private industry. Prior to that he was an architectural photographer in Philadelphia, and a free-lancer for the Associated Press, covering Formula 1, having his photos published in newspapers worldwide. His life has been a multifaceted one that includes photography, carpentry, writing and travel.
He has published three books – Out of Time, Time Is (books 1 & 2 of the Kosmos trilogy) and 1889, the first Eustace Wyatt and Lloyd Kane adventure.
An avid reader from his youth and lover of mysteries and adventure he has said: “In my youth, it was suggested that I daydreamed my days away, but to my way of thinking, daydreams is how one develops imagination. Being possessed of a good imagination isn’t a guarantee of success in life, but it does make the journey worthwhile.”