Published: 15/05/2018
ISBN: 9781788038508
Format: Paperback

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That Deplorable Boy
by Jasper Barry

Who is Max Fabien? Is he the loyal secretary and faithful lover of the marquis de Miremont? Or a handsome but unscrupulous trickster, who regards lying as an accomplishment and any sexual quarry as fair game?

Miremont's heart tells him one thing, his jealousy another. It does not help that his obsessive passion for Max must remain a dark secret. And secrecy is redoubled with the arrival of his estranged wife, who has brought their eighteen year-old daughter to Paris to make her debut. Soon the strain begins to tell. The once-calm atmosphere of the Hôtel de Miremont swirls with gossip, mistrust, intrigue and deceit and Miremont is faced with an impossible choice. Meanwhile the grim secrets of Max's past continue to haunt him. Perhaps the time has come for him to claim his not-so-rightful destiny.

That Deplorable Boy is the second part of the trilogy charting the course of a gay love affair between a middle-aged aristocrat and a young former servant in 1880's France (the first part is the The Second Footman). Rich in period detail and set in the grand châteaux of Paris and Burgundy, the novels explore the suffocating social codes of the time and the conflicts and dangers they bring for those who must live outside them.

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