Overview

Ralph Croft, an English rogue, is plucked from the dungeon of the Bastille to head an investigation to find the real identity of the infamous 'Masked Man'. But before he can discover the truth, he must face brutal imprisonment, threats and countless dangers... Will he live to complete the task?
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The Masked Man

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Overview

Ralph Croft, an English rogue, is plucked from the dungeon of the Bastille to head an investigation to find the real identity of the infamous 'Masked Man'. But before he can discover the truth, he must face brutal imprisonment, threats and countless dangers... Will he live to complete the task?
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his latest historical mystery, Doherty ( The Fate of Princes ) tackles the story of the Man in the Iron Mask, a prisoner of such political consequence that Louis XIV of France ordered him locked away, forbidden to speak to anyone and condemned forever to wear a mask to hide his identity. (Dumas pere turned this actual historical incident into the famous novel.) Here, both Louis and the mysterious prisoner are dead when Ralph Croft, master forger, is plucked from the Bastille and enlisted by the French regent to determine the masked man's identity. Working with murderous musketeer D'Estrivet and royal archivist Maurepas, he uncovers a web of intrigue that involves plots against the crown, the Knights Templar and a fallen finance minister. There are even occasional winking references to those other famous Dumas characters, the Three Musketeers. Doherty's exposition of the historical record is often clumsy, and he cannot resist letting Croft somewhat anachronistically ponder the fate of the ancien regime. Still, it's all good fun--even if the author's tongue is planted firmly in his cheek. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Moving across the Atlantic, historical mystery/fiction writer Doherty ( The Angel of Death , LJ 4/1/90) offers a plausible, fact-based solution to the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. The Duke of Orleans frees imprisoned Englishman Ralph Croft so that the cunning forger can use his underworld contacts to determine the name of the disguised prisoner, now dead some 16 years. Forced to work with a dangerous archivist and a duplicitous soldier, Croft dodges assassins and tangles with secretive Knights Templar as he deciphers ambiguous clues. Rendered in the form of a reminiscence, this mystery captures an intriguing bit of 18th-century Paris.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755395903
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/11/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,126,300
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied history at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate at Oxford for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his wife and family near Epping Forest.
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