Louis Mie and the Trial of Hautefaye

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Pub Date 01 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 27 Mar 2024

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In the birth of a new French Republic, a man must risk his honor, his marriage and even his life in a battle between his ideals and his ambition.

France, 1870. A frenzied mob brutally murders a man they believe to be a Prussian spy and a threat to the cult of Emperor Napoleon III. Louis Mie, a republican lawyer, finds himself entangled in a web of political intrigue and moral dilemmas when he is tasked with defending one of the murderers: a political show trial that could send his career to new heights.

But as Louis delves deeper into the high-profile case, he quickly realizes that defending the enigmatic Leonard Piarrouty is far more complex than he ever imagined. And now his entire life is about to fall apart as his obsession with his work takes his strained marriage to the brink of collapse.

In a gripping race against time, Louis must confront the blurred lines between justice, loyalty, and the pursuit of power, risking everything to unearth the truth: secrets that ruthless men will kill to protect.

Will Louis be able to save his client… or his own family?

This evocative historical novel, based on true events, holds the answers…

In the birth of a new French Republic, a man must risk his honor, his marriage and even his life in a battle between his ideals and his ambition.

France, 1870. A frenzied mob brutally murders a man...

Advance Praise

"The story of Louis Mie and the Trial of Hautefaye is a tour de force from the first page to the last. L.M. Twist's debut novel is a wonderful piece of storytelling. Taking real-life events, of a horrific incident in France in 1870, Twist has produced a page-turner of a book that readers will enjoy.

The main character is a flawed idealist fighting for his client, his family, his life, and France itself. As the novel progresses both plot and sub-plots move at a pace. Just as the book seems to plateau, Twist's writing sets up the denouement with skill and purpose.

The reader is left considering what is justice when politics and the rule of law collide. Twist's day job of being a lawyer clearly helps the courtroom scenes. Many hours of research around the Third Republic allow a believable narrative to form around the France in which the book is set.

The book is well worth reading and be prepared to be left wanting more - Twist has indicated more writing about Mie and his wife and this will be required reading when available. Chapeau, Mme Twist.

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"The story of Louis Mie and the Trial of Hautefaye is a tour de force from the first page to the last. L.M. Twist's debut novel is a wonderful piece of storytelling. Taking real-life events, of a...

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I kept being put in mind of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and the different political spins that have been put on it as I read L.M. Twist’s “Louis Mie and the Trial of Hautefaye,” in which a horrific mob action in a village in 1870 France is similarly viewed through different lenses at a time of great national divisiveness.
Whether the mob acted spontaneously or was incited by a Prussian agent was the question for officials about the French incident, just as whether the U.S. Capitol attack was simply a legitimate expression of political discontent or an attempted coup was the question in the U.S. incident, with those of the former view even pointing to a person in the crowd they claimed was a government plant even though it was later pretty well established that he was in fact just another protester and not acting out of any further nefarious intent.
Even less guilty of any nefarious intent, indeed so free of any underlying motive as to have been planning to join France’s fight against Prussia forthwith, is the unfortunate victim in Twist’s novel, Alain de Moneys, who is in the village simply to pay off a bill and, if lucky, get in some time with a woman he's smitten with. But a simple political misunderstanding with some patrons at the bar where she works riles them enough that he ends up being tortured and burned to death.
Such is how high tensions were running at a time when France was under siege by Prussia and Napoleon III had been captured and a new government was making for intense division between those loyal to Napoleon, which included many of the villagers, and those given to the new Republic, which included the lawyer pressed into defending one of those accused in the mob action.
Indeed, so dedicated is he to the republican cause that he is rebuked by an old friend who, although similarly inclined, is put off enough by the degree of his friend’s passion that the friendship becomes considerably strained. As does the lawyer’s marriage, where his wife over the years has come to feel more and more neglected and particularly so now, with the mob case.
All of which gives just a taste of a very complicated story, all the more so for American readers unfamiliar with French history, and indeed I’ve purposely refrained from being too detailed about the novel not just out of fear of revealing too much but also out of fear that I’ll get something wrong. But it’s to author Twist’s credit that he manages to make things as clear as could reasonably be expected, although I think with the complexity of the historical period some sort of explanatory note or chronology at the beginning of the novel (there is explanatory matter at the very end) would have been in order. Still, the novel acquits itself well in its depiction of a particular time and place, and, in the way of good historical fiction, makes for an entertaining, non-sleep-inducing way to learn complex history.

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In 19th Century France, fear gripped the citizens of a fractured country by the Franco-Prussian War where accusations of espionage ran rampant with mobs ready to kill. Based on true events, L.M. Twist masterfully blends reality with fiction into a fast-paced political/legal drama that shows the fear of enemies near. I've not read a lot of legal drama fiction, but Louis Mie and the Trial of Hautefaye has me wanting to read more if they're like this.

Overall, Louis Mie and the Trial of Hautefaye was an interesting read melding history and fiction perfectly. This is a must-read for anyone who loves legal dramas (both literature and TV/film) or wants to learn about a moment in history.

Thank you, NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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I love the use of the French Republic in this. It had everything I was looking for in a historical fiction novel. This book really shows the dangers of mob mentality and how there could be a cult with leaders of your country. I enjoyed that this was based on true vents. And that the characters felt like they were supposed to be in France in 1870. Overall, this was a great read, and I loved the way the author wrote this. It had a great courtroom drama with the historical spin.

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This was an interesting read. I appreciate the author‘s work to convey 19th century France. I did wonder whether it was translated from French. The story was interesting and I appreciated the blend of history and fiction.

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