Here's the full press release with synopsis:
THE ESCAPE ARTIST is based on deep research set in the last golden moments of imperial Russia. This period saw the rise of serious political unrest as well as the flowering of an opulent Russian culture: minor characters include Chekhov, Gorky, Diaghilev and Durov the Clown. It will appeal to fans of The Alienist as well as lovers of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
About the author, David Saltman:
THE ESCAPE ARTIST is David's fifth book, his first novel. His last book, Gilda, a biography of the late comedienne Gilda Radner, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “elegiac” and “more exciting than prime time.” He has authored or co-authored three other critically-acclaimed books: The Sports Book, The Great Escape, and The Marrakech Express. His humor pieces in TV Guide, his science writing in Omni and his travel writings in Rolling Stone and The New York Times have been hailed as setting the standards for the art.
David has also written, produced and directed nearly two hundred documentaries for CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and public television networks and has written or collaborated on three feature film scripts. He has won Emmy and Ace awards, shared a Peabody award, and has had his film work inducted into the Smithsonian Institution.
David has taught writing and filmmaking at the State University of New York, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, University of California at Santa Cruz, and St. John's University in New York City.
David serves as a consultant to the Library of Congress on Houdini. His blog, The Houdini File, has recast the history of Houdini and his family as a result of David's original research. THE ESCAPE ARTIST, though fiction, is based on original historical research and hews to real historical events and real historical characters.