A superbly suspenseful page-turner, I could not put it down at about the half way marker. This is my first Delors read and I have decided her novel was riveting and also fascinating. I am adding Delors to my list of authors to watch.
Based off of one of the first real examples of a police investigation. Delors set her main protagonist as none better than a upstanding police inspector named Roch. During this time Paris is a city in turmoil, with the revolutions bloody aftermath still lingering like a dark rain cloud. This was France before Napoleon Bonaparte had won the glorious battles or given himself the self-proclaimed title of Emperor. France was a very sinister place to live at the time and it is even quite possible that police inspectors can get dragged into the darkness too.
Delors succeeds in quite literally starting “For the King” off with a big bang. A devious plot to assassinate Bonaparte by the Royalist left one city block in Paris completely demolished by a cart full of gunpowder. It left many dead or seriously wounded. It was then that the police had unleashed the hunky Roch to track down the culprits. Roch was the type of man that made sure he never had time for love. He was the hot bachelor who was a mindful careerer man. Heading out on his new investigation on the attack of Rue Saint-Nicaise plot he had high hopes of success. He would come to find out that the biggest problem he faced was the people of Paris. During the wake of the revolution nothing was what it seemed, everyone had something they were hiding including Roch. Hot on the trail Roch finds himself fighting a wave of dirty social and political politics that infiltrated even the most elite of Pairs social circles down to the lowly maid. A dark game of cat and mouse ensued with the conspirators but Roch had his own flesh and blood to protect from Madame Guillotine’s sights.
3.5/5 Loved it but…I got lost quite a bit and found myself rereading it more than normal. Which is why I gave it the rating I did. I do have prior knowledge on this period but I have to admit I was lost with in the large cast of characters especially when it came to Roch's co-workers at the station. It was an invigorating read with such action that it was hard to put it down even if I did get lost. I found the wild rid of the twisting plot enthralling and worth the effort. I would not recommend this to a newbie to HF because I believe this book should be recommended to a reader who has at least some prior knowledge of the French Revolution time period.
For More on Catherine Delors FOR THE KING check this out:
Amazon: For the King
Be sure and check out todays event schedule for more on "For the King" by Catherine Delors.
FTC: Thank you to author Catherine Delors for sending me this one for the June HFBRT event.