||Marguerite Sadoulas continues her efforts to wrest the
fabulous fortune of the de Clares by ensnaring its rightful heirs, one-armed
Clément and circus girl Lirette, in a murderous conspiracy. Meanwhile,
the deadly sociopath Cadet-l'Amour has stepped into the vacuum created
by the destruction of the High Council and seeks the Treasure of the Black
Coats. But he is thwarted by the specter of Colonel Bozzo-Corona, the
ruthless leader who ruled the evil empire for over a century and seems
to have mysteriously returned from the grave...
Written last in the series in 1875, before Féval was "born-again",
The Cadet Gang is the apotheosis in the criminal saga of the Black Coats,
a sequel to both Heart of Steel and The Companions of the Treasure.
Paul Féval, the father of the modern detective novel, gave its
lettres de noblesse to criminal literature by creating all the modern
archetypes of crime fiction.
Cover by J.-M. Ponzio
Published by Black Coat Press in 2010