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‘Barbed Crown’: daredevil’s revenge

May 16, 2013 · Updated 11:34 AM

William Dietrich / Contributed photo

Pulitzer-prize winning writer William (Bill) Dietrich will introduce his latest Ethan Gage novel at Griffin Bay Bookstore Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

A prolific author with a long and distinguished career as both a journalist and novelist, the New York Times bestselling writer has 15 books to his credit, including historical thrillers that have been translated into 31 languages, and prize-winning science and environmental works.

Barbed CrownThe Barbed Crown is the sixth novel in Dietrich’s internationally-acclaimed “Ethan Gage” series. It is filled with the romanticism and glitter of the period, such as Napoleon’s coronation, which packed 20,000 people into Notre Dame and cost $20 million francs. In the Barbed Crown, Ethan is embroiled in 19th century European history.

It is the first Ethan Gage novel set in Europe. Moving from the glittering boulevards and squalid back alleys of Napoleonic France to the high seas of Regency England, filled with romance, danger, intrigue, and glory, The Barbed Crown is a thrilling romp that sees Ethan Gage once again embroiled in European history amid scenes of Napoleon’s court and the grandeur of the time.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Dietrich is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He worked for several Northwest newspapers and as a Washington, D.C., correspondent, and was one of a team of four Seattle Times reporters who won a Pulitzer in national reporting for coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

His first book, The Final Forest: The Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest, won the Washington Governor Writers Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and has recently been reissued by University of Washington Press.

His second, Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River was published to critical praise in both regional and national newspapers. Natural Grace, a collection essays about nature written for the Seattle Times, is a favorite in the Northwest.

Dietrich also authored eleven novels, including five other Ethan Gage titles: The Emerald Storm, Napoleon's Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, The Barbary Pirates. When not writing, he is a professor of environmental journalism at Western Washington University.


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