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An American Lawyer Encounters Terrorism, Romance and a New Life in Paris

Michael McCann didn’t plan to be riding around in the back of a French Police Inspector’s car searching for terrorists in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. He didn’t expect to fall in love with a German detective’s wife who would, by chance, be in exactly the wrong spot during the subsequent terrorist attacks on Paris in November of 2015. It was not on his agenda to suffer congestive heart failure and end up in a French hospital undergoing life-saving surgery. It certainly wasn’t his intention to remain in France indefinitely, leaving behind his Portland, Oregon, law practice, family, and life. In fact, he hadn’t planned to visit Paris at all during his European sabbatical from his stressful career, but it is there that he finds himself wrestling with personal, romantic, family, health and professional issues as he confronts life-and-death circumstances completely at odds with his original tourist agenda in the City of Light.


About the Author

Douglas J. Keeling

Douglas J. Keeling is an attorney who lives and practices law in Wichita, Kansas. He has a degree in Journalism from Kansas State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. A large part of his thirty-plus-year legal career has been concentrated in the area of adoption, foster care and related children’s legal issues. He is also the author of A Case of Innocence, a Detective Novel (1989, Birch Lane Press) and Family Business (2002, Writer’s Club Press). He is an ardent traveler. Visit his website at