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The Masked Man

The Masked Man

(1991)
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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.

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.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

December 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: The Masked Man
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-312-06409-8 / 978-0-312-06409-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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April 1991 : UK Hardback
Title: The Masked Man
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-7090-4408-9 / 978-0-7090-4408-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 1994 : UK Paperback
Title: The Masked Man (Linford Mystery)
Author(s): P C Doherty
ISBN: 0-7089-7482-1 / 978-0-7089-7482-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Linford (Large Print)
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Masked Man
Author(s): Paul Doherty
Publisher: Headline
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July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Masked Man
Author(s): Paul Doherty
Publisher: Headline
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