The Blood of Lorraine

Barbara Corrado Pope, Pegasus (Norton, dist.), $25 (384p) ISBN 978-1-60598-098-0
Pope improves on her 2008 debut, Cézanne's Quarry, which also featured magistrate Bernard Martin, in this fascinating look at the rise of anti-Semitism in France after the arrest of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus for treason in 1894. Now transferred to Nancy, the capital of Alsace, Martin doesn't relish investigating a politically sensitive case—the murder of seven-month-old Marc-Antoine Thomas, whose parents claim that a Jew killed and mutilated their son—that Martin's Jewish colleague, David Singer, insists that Martin take over. When a prominent member of the Jewish community, Victor Ullmann, is later bludgeoned to death, the magistrate fears that it was a revenge killing. Martin must also deal with a devastating personal tragedy as pressure to solve the Ullmann case mounts. Pope, a historian, more than compensates for a not fully satisfying ending with a complex lead and the skill with which she makes the anti-Semitic atmosphere of the times both palpable and tragically prophetic. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/17/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Paperback - 367 pages - 978-1-60598-190-1
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