1898, in Upper East Side, James Harding is dying. His enemies and associates are on the lookout. The millionaire has to settle his estate and asks for Samuel Sullivan’s help. This detective, a former comrade in arms, must go to Paris to find his two heirs. But the situation is complicated: the debates around the Dreyfus Affair have brought France close to civil war.
His son, William Harding, has become friend with young anti-Semitic bourgeois. His daughter, Emilie, is a young idealist and the mistress of a Jewish painter. She mysteriously disappears. This case is much more complex and dangerous than the millionaire had let on to Samuel Sullivan.
Philippe Chlous plunges the reader into a fascinating investigation in troubled fin-de-siècle Paris, amid the clash of bombs and swords.