The Shadows of Versailles
Jacques de Montagnac, a spy for the head of the police in Paris, investigates a spate of abductions of newborn children. Soon, his path takes him into the darkest parts of the city – and to the gates of King Louis XIV’s impressive new palace.
When Fleur de La Fontaine attends the Sun King’s glittering court at Versailles for the first time, she is quickly besotted with handsome courtier, Philippe de Mortain. Giving in to his seduction, she dreams of married life with him, away from her indifferent mother.
Nine months later, held in a convent against her will, she gives birth to a boy, but the nuns whisk him away. With Jacques’ help, Fleur finds shelter at the brothel of Madame Claudette, a woman who helps ‘fallen’ girls back on their feet. As she mends the girls’ dresses to pay for her stay, Fleur is overcome by despair. Meanwhile, Jacques’ search for her son leads to a dead end – and a dreadful suspicion.
Revenge is Fleur's only choice...