"A remarkable and almost compulsively researched account...The author spent a decade on the case, and it shows."
--Christian Science Monitor
"Fascinating...a richly imaginative biography."
--New York Times Book Review
"Vibrant...Sometimes the best stories are true. This is one of them."
"Reiss details the criminal forgetting of Alex Dumas...This remarkable book stands as his monument."
"Superb... as improbable and exciting as [Dumas's] best books... but there is much more to this book than that."
-Newsweek/The Daily Beast
"Lush prose and insightful details make "The Black Count "one of the best biographies of 2012...a tale that is as easily engrossing as one of Dumas' page-turning and timeless works."
"Impressively thorough...Reiss moves the story on at an entertaining pace...fascinating."
--Wall Street Journal
"To tell this tale, Reiss must cover the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and the rise of Napoleon toward Empire; he does all that with remarkable verve."
"Fascinating [and] swashbuckling...meticulously evokes the spirit of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France...Dumas comes across as something of a superhero...a monument tothe lives of both Dumas and his adoring [novelist] son."
--The Seattle Times
"A piece of detective work by a prize-winning author...brilliantly researched."
--The Daily Mail (U.K.)
"Sometimes real life does, indeed, trump even the wildest of fiction...With a narrative that is engaging and entertaining, Reiss sets the literary table for one of the most satisfying adventure stories of the autumn. Richly detailed, meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is the unlikely true story of the man behind one of the greatest books in literature."
"Triumphant...Reiss directs a full-scale production that jangles with drawn sabers, trembles wshow more