Thursday, August 19, 2010
For the King - Catherine Delors
Title: For the King
Author: Catherine Delors
Genre: Fiction (Historical)
Did I finish?: Couldn't finish fast enough, which was bad, because then the book was over!
One-sentence summary: Police inspector fights conspiracies within police, Paris, personal life.
Why did I get this book?: It was singing my name
Source: I won a copy from Hist-Fic Chick
Do you like the cover?: Yes, although it didn't catch the flavor of the book
First line from book: It had been one of the shortest days of the Year Nine of the Republic, the 3rd of the month of Nivose in the revolutionary calendar.
Did I routinely stay up after midnight to keep reading?: Yes.
Did this book make me wish my commute were longer?: Yes.
Did I nurture a crush on one or more of the characters: Yes. (Roch and Alexandrine, of course!)
Trivia gleaned: Sodomy was decriminalized post Revolution!
Review: I stayed up until about 3am to finish this book because I was dying to find out how things concluded. Delors has written my favorite kind of historical: rich in detail with interesting characters and a detailed plot that is engrossing. I particularly loved the police procedural angle -- I adore all things Napoleonic, but haven't read a novel that was really set with the citizens. Our hero, Roch Miquel, is maddening and dreamy, which felt very real for me: his youth and experience helped and hindered him through his investigation.
Tidbit not relevant to novel but still fun: Author Catherine Delors (@catherinedelors) tweets and she kindly tweeted back with every breathless squee of mine.