International bestseller - action and adventure with Freemasons and gold

Gold. Obsession. Secrets.

Following the murder of a Freemason brother, Antoine Marcas uncovers unsettling truths about gold and its power to fascinate and corrupt. A priceless sword is stolen and deaths ensue setting the Freemason detective on a case of Masons turned bad. A clue points to mysteries and conspiracy about elusive pure gold, launching a frantic, deadly race between two symbolic places—the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. A captivating plot weaves alchemy and the Middle Ages into a modern-day thriller. With “vivid characters, an evocative international setting and history darker than midnight,” this thriller is for readers who love ancient myths, secret societies, chilling narrative and modern speed.


  • Over 200,000 copies sold in France alone

  • The series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide

  • Published in 18 countries.

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Jacques Ravenne is a literary scholar who has also written a biography of the Marquis de Sade and edited his letters. He loves to explore the hidden side of major historical events. Eric Giacometti was an investigative reporter for a major French newspaper. He has covered a number of high-profile scandals and has done exhaustive research in the area of freemasonry.

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Anne Trager has a passion for crime fiction that equals her love of France. After years working in translation, publishing and communications, she founded Le French Book.

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The Lafayette Sword

by Eric Giacometti & Jacques Ravenne; translated by Anne Trager—published by Le French Book—ISBN: 9781943998036 (ebook)/ 9781943998043 (trade paperback) — First published in French (Frère de sang, Fleuve Noire, Paris)—Release: July 2016.

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