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Delors follows Mistress of the Revolution with a gripping historical that chronicles the efforts of a young police inspector to capture the men responsible for trying to kill Napoleon Bonaparte. After a botched assassination attempt on Napoleon kills several bystanders, chief inspector Roch Miquel races to find the men responsible. His investigation is hindered by corruption and jealousy among his colleagues in the police force, notably from Fouché, the stridently unsavory minister of police, who, in order to keep Roch under his thumb, imprisons Roch's father under false pretenses and threatens to have him deported. Meanwhile, Roch finds some comfort in his married mistress, Blanche Coudert, who has a very unfortunate secret that will harshly complicate Roch's already precarious situation. It's not a surprise that Delors's sympathies are with her hero, and his adversaries are depicted as satisfyingly despicable. Themes of class conflict, the messy process of change, and impossible love are nicely woven into the tense central plot of this fast-moving chase through the damp, rutted streets of turn-of-the-19th-century Paris. (July)
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Similar in plot, style, and setting to Balzac's The Chouans, Delors' uneven second novel (following Mistress of the Revolution, 2008) bogs down under the weight of a mixture of French terms, tangential details, and a large cast of characters, most of whom are referred to by nicknames, titles, proper names, and surnames. Readers who persevere, however, will be struck by the author's evocation of eighteenth-century Paris: the physical descriptions of post-Revolutionary life, the unsavory and treacherous political climate, and the blatant injustice and corruption perpetrated under Napoléon Bonaparte. Chief Inspector Roch Miquel, of the Police Prefecture, disliked by both his colleagues and superiors, nearly ruins himself and his father in the course of his investigations into an explosive attempt on Napoléon's life on the Rue Nicaise (later known as the Machine Infernale). Unfortunately, love-struck Miquel's blundering leaves him in the readers' dust when it comes to solving the puzzle. Stick with this one for the atmosphere, but for a better mix of history and intrigue, try Susanne Alleyn's Aristide Ravel mysteries. --Jen Baker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233301
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,903,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of "Mistress of the Revolution" and "For the King" (release July 8, 2010). Both are historical novels set in Paris around the time of the French Revolution.

Catherine was born and raised in France. She is also an attorney with an international practice, and splits her time between Paris, London and Los Angeles.

To learn more about Catherine, visit her website at http://catherinedelors.com, and follow her blog, Versailles and more, at http://blog.catherinedelors.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Klein on July 9, 2010
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I enjoyed trying to piece together
all the clues provided. No cheating here.
I did feel a connection with the fictional
hero as he was on a time limited investigation
to find the real perpetrator/s of the terrorist
attack on Napoleon or an innocent man would face
dire consequences.
I enjoyed seeing the change in her hero, the
fictional police chief inspector Roch Miquel
as he is also stymied in his work by coworkers who
do not like him and a boss who manipulates him.
He learns from his experiences.
There is also dramatic foreshadowing for what is
to come for France under Napoleon.
But it is as a thriller that it is most satisfying.

Until next time Ms. Delors,
Well Done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michele on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Terrorists detonate a bomb in an effort to assassinate their country's leader. Although they fail in their goal, nevertheless there is widespread damage and many are killed or injured. Although the reader knows from the first who the culprits are, the hero - a detective in the city's police force who has worked his way up the ranks to become a Chief - does not know, and we watch as he methodically conducts his investigation to identify and apprehend the guilty.

Added to the mix is his affair with a beautiful married woman, whom he loves but whom he increasingly distrusts. Then there is the political infighting amongst the police forces, with everyone jockeying for position and power. The hero, whose enemies are many and whose friends are few, struggles just to hold on to the position he has worked hard for, and for which his beloved father sacrificed much hard work and money to help his son succeed. The hero's position becomes even more tenuous when his father is arrested on the flimsiest of charges that he is connected to a group seeking to overthrow their national leader, and the hero's superior - who feels no love for him - gives him exactly one month to apprehend the culprits or his father will face deportation.

Sound like a detective story set in modern-day NYC? Well, the detective's name is not O'Grady or Diamante and the story is not set in NYC. His name is Roch Miquel, he lives in Paris in 1800, and the national leader under attack is not a US President, but Napoleon Bonaparte.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Just-About-Average Ms. M on July 1, 2013
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L'Inspecteur Clouseau

I wanted to like this book, I really, truly did. It was one of the few historical novels I`ve found that was set in France and didn't involve distorted views of the Revolution, to include foppish English aristocrats rescuing useless French aristocrats. Rather, it was set during the Consulate period, after the Revolution, when things had returned to a time of stability and normalcy. It is the story of Chief Inspector Roch Miquel, who has been charged with trying to discover the identities of those who had attempted to assassinate First Consul Bonaparte on 24 December 1800. It is therefore a police procedural, relying not on the high-tech wonders of CSI but on the methods available at the turn of the 19th century--the powers of observation, deduction, pragmatism, and dogged determination. It doesn't matter that we already know who did it--history tells us exactly who the bad guys were, and what motivated them. It is instead the fun of the chase, wondering if Miquel will get there in the end, despite the many obstacles thrown in his way. And to make it even better, for me at least, the author was born and raised in France and, according to the blurb, still spends much of her time in Paris. So what could go wrong with a French author writing about an interesting tidbit of French history?

Unfortunately, too many things. I didn't like this book much, after all. Its greatest sin, for me, is that it never once felt French, in its locale, the language spoken by its characters, or even the history itself that forms the backdrop for the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carpe Librum on January 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
For the King retells the assassination attempt on Napoleon Bonaparte using a homemade bomb in the streets of Paris. Though Napoleon escaped unscathed, many others were killed or permanently maimed. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, in addition to the assassination attempt we are informed about the political atmosphere of the time and learn just how easily an innocent person could be sent to the guillotine. I give it only 2 stars though because the drama, romance, and suspense that I had been expecting were largely missing. You know from page 1 (even if you didn't know your history already) who the assassins were, where they were staying, and who they were working with. That made following Roch, our hero Chief Inspector, a little anti-climatic. It was too easy to predict who the female co-conspirator was before it was spelled right out for us. And the sex scenes (thankfully they are few) were just weird and I could have done without them altogether. I had already purchased Delors other novel, Mistress of the Revolution, before reading this one, so I hope it is better. If you're looking for French historical fiction, you may want to stick to Dumas.
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