Charles-Henri Sanson has good looks, a fine education, and plenty of money: everything that a stylish young Parisian could ask for. He also has an infamous family name—and he’s trapped in a hideous job that no one wants.
The last thing Charles ever wanted to be was a hangman. But he’s the eldest son of Paris’s most dreaded public official, and in the 1750s, after centuries of superstition, people like him are outcasts. He knows that the executioner’s son must become an executioner himself or starve, for society’s fears and prejudices will never let him be anything else. And when disaster strikes, in this true story of destiny and conflicting loyalties in decadent, treacherous pre-revolutionary France, family duty demands that Charles take his father’s place much sooner than he had ever imagined.
FYI: Though it shares some historical characters with the Aristide Ravel mystery series, this is a stand-alone, non-mystery historical novel and not part of the Ravel series.