A Man in Uniform

A Man in Uniform

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At the height of the Belle Epoque, the bourgeois lawyer Francois Dubon lives a well-ordered life. But his complacent existence is shattered when a mysterious widow pays him a call. She insists only Dubon can rescue her innocent friend, an army captain by the name of Dreyfus who has been convicted of spying. Dubon, against his better judgment, is drawn into a case that will forever alter his life - and tear France apart. A wonderful blend of history, mystery and costume drama from the author of MME PROUST AND THE KOSHER KITCHEN. Toronto author and cultural critic Kate Taylor was born in France and raised in Ottawa.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780385667999
Branch Call Number: TAY
Characteristics: 412 p


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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.

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.

Jun 12, 2011

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

Aug 17, 2010

Great review in the Chatelaine issue of August 2010.


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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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