A Man in Uniform

A Man in Uniform

A Novel

Book - 2010
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At the height of the Belle Epoque, Fran#65533;ois Dubon leads a well-ordered life in the bourgeois quarters of Paris' eighth arrondissement. When not busy with his prosperous legal practice, he enjoys both a contented marriage to his aristocratic wife, Genevi#65533;ve, and satisfying afternoon encounters with his mistress, Madeleine. He is never late for those five o'clock appointments nor for family dinner at seven--until a mysterious widow comes to his office with an unusual request.

The lady insists that only Dubon can save her innocent friend, an Army captain named Dreyfus who was convicted of spying and exiled to Devil's Island two years earlier. Not wishing to disappoint the alluring widow, the gallant Dubon makes some perfunctory inquiries. But when he discovers the existence of a secret military file withheld from the defense during the trial, he embarks on an obsessive pursuit of justice that upends his complacent life.

Donning a borrowed military uniform, Dubon goes undercover into the murky world of counterespionage, where his erratic hours alarm his forbidding wife and make his mistress increasingly aloof. As the layers of deceit and double crosses mount, Dubon's quixotic quest leads him into the heart of a dark conspiracy--one that endangers his own life and threatens to throw France herself into turmoil.

Based on the infamous Dreyfus Affair and enriched with a generous dose of classic noir, A Man in Uniform is a gripping and seductive mystery set against the gilded years of late nineteenth-century Paris.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307885210
9780307885203
9780307885197
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 25 cm.

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Rharper17
Aug 11, 2017

A Man In Uniform by Kate Taylor is an engrossing period piece crime novel that has an absorbing story of spies, murder, and deceit associated with the Captain Alfred Dreyfus affair in Paris in the late 1800’s. Fictional characters realistically portrayed for that time come together to create a fascinating story surrounding a real event. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the flow of the book, but once the pace picked up I was hooked and finished the novel fairly quickly as it is an easy read. Yes there are some contrivances in the novel but entertaining nonetheless! I found this book by accident. I was reading a review of “Dunkirk” written by Kate Taylor and noticed she was an author so I decided to pick up her book and was pleasantly surprised. This novel could have easily been made into a “Film Noir” in the 40’s and with the right cast and director along with a good adaptation would have rivaled “Casa Blanca or the Maltese Falcon,” (Which had some of their own contrivances as well and yet still very entertaining). A nice story that is mostly plausible.

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SarahNicoleHunt
Jul 24, 2012

Light historical fiction about the Dreyfus affair in France, which I found refreshing after reading so many heavy books. So it is good for light summer reading. At some points the story is a bit stretched and unbelievable, but generally it is a good read. If only the Dreyfus affair had gone this way.

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Croma
Jun 12, 2011

Rather dull and predictable with some parts that completely defy believability. Don't recommend.

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sofi8
Aug 17, 2010

Great review in the Chatelaine issue of August 2010.

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greenacres
May 04, 2011

A mysterious and very beautiful female client requests Parisian attorney, Francois Dubon, to take on a politically sensitive legal issue for her. Francois becomes so engrossed with the new client and the “Dreyfus Affair”, the court martial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1894, that he ignores his marriage, his mistress and his other clients. Dubon impersonates a military clerk in the counter- espionage department and tries to get closer to the truth. Author Kate Taylor, daughter of a Canadian diplomat, was born in France and nows lives in Ottawa

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