Game of Patience
Paris, 1796. Aristide Ravel, freelance undercover police agent and investigator, is confronted with a double murder in a fashionable apartment. The victims are Célie Montereau, the daughter of a wealthy and influential family, and the man who was blackmailing her. Information steers Ravel toward a young man with a violent past who was in love with Célie, but further inquiry reveals that-according to an eyewitness-he cannot have been her murderer. And recent, notorious miscarriages of justice lead Ravel, beset with fears of sending an innocent person to the guillotine, to doubt his instincts. From the gritty back alleys of Paris to its glittering salons and cafés, through the heart of the feverish, decadent society of postrevolutionary France, his investigation leads him into a puzzle involving hidden secrets, crimes of passion, and long-nurtured hatreds.
- Paperback | 266 pages
- 152 x 229 x 14mm | 358g
- 23 Sep 2014
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Annotated edition
About Susanne Alleyn
Susanne Alleyn has loved history all her life, aided and abetted by her grandmother, Lillie V. Albrecht, an author of historical children's books in the 1950s and 60s. Susanne is the author of the Aristide Ravel historical mystery series, set in revolutionary Paris; A FAR BETTER REST, the reimagining of Dickens's A TALE OF TWO CITIES; the nonfiction writer's guide MEDIEVAL UNDERPANTS AND OTHER BLUNDERS; and THE ANNOTATED A TALE OF TWO CITIES, a guide to the classic novel. Happy to describe herself as an "insufferable knowitall" about historical trivia (although she lost on Jeopardy!), Susanne has been writing about and researching eighteenth-century and revolutionary France for nearly three decades. She is currently working on the sequel to THE EXECUTIONER'S HEIR and various nonfiction projects. Her latest book is the travel guide THE WEIRDER SIDE OF PARIS.