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The Daedalus Conspiracy

(2012)
(The third book in the Cyrus Skeen series)
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In Part One, Cyrus Skeen, private detective in 1929 San Francisco, is asked by Charles Gilchrest, chairman of The Daedalus Society, an exclusive men-only club, to go to the The Daedalus Grove, a private enclave north of the city, to determine the nature of some trouble he has been warned about in a cryptic note written by an anonymous member. The note alludes to a controversial Senator from Nebraska and a tariff bill in Congress. It may the overture to a prank or it may be a serious threat to the man's life. Skeen agrees to attend the two-week encampment of the Society in rustic Monte Rio, an annual event in the redwood forest with a reputation for Dionysian orgies and behind-the-scenes conspiracies to govern the nation.

Posing as a writer, at first Skeen feels out of his natural element of the city, but he soon begins to focus on certain individuals and their peculiar behavior, and begins to collect clues. He eventually grasps that there is indeed a serious plot afoot, but its purpose eludes him. His presence arouses the enmity of many of the eight hundred attendees of the encampment. At the end he confronts a man in a Minotaur costume wielding a Minoan battle ax.

Returning to San Francisco after an event-chocked sojourn at the Daedalus Grove encampment of the Daedalus Society, an exclusive, elite and men-only club, in a redwood forest north of the city, Cyrus Skeen pursues the mystery of an out-of-place ne'er-do-well and would-be assassin of Brand Olcutt, a U.S. senator from Nebraska. He follows the few clues he gathered at the Grove - cryptic notes, codes names, and the mystique and reputation of the Society - and soon uncovers a plot that reaches down to the lowest levels of San Francisco's criminal society, implicating a congressman for the city and a city supervisor. Soon the Bureau of Investigation enters the picture, and Skeen races to solve the mystery before the case is taken away from him by the Federal authorities. This is the conclusion of The Daedalus Conspiracy, Cyrus Skeen's most ambitious and demanding case, with political and social parallels in today's culture.

 
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Daedalus Conspiracy: A Detective Novel of 1929 (The Cyrus Skeen Series) (Volume 3)
Author(s): Edward Cline
ISBN: 1-4812-0877-2 / 978-1-4812-0877-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Daedalus Conspiracy (Cyrus Skeen Detective Novels)
Author(s): Edward Cline
Publisher: The Patrick Henry Press
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November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Daedalus Conspiracy: A Detective Novel of 1929 (The Cyrus Skeen Detective Series Book 3)
Author(s): Edward Cline
Publisher: The Patrick Henry Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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