The Lafayette Sword
by Eric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne, Anne Trager
on Tour October 24 – December 3, 2016
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. Part of an internationally best-selling series that has sold 2 million copies worldwide, with “vivid characters, an evocative international setting and history darker than midnight.”
For readers who love ancient myths, secret societies, chilling narrative and modern speed.
Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne are best-selling French authors of the Antoine Marcas mysteries, a ten-book series that has sold 2 million copies worldwide and is translated into 17 languages. These high-action thrillers that combine meticulous historical research with unusual plots and a compellingly complex hero. The series is made its debut in the US with Shadow Ritual, an electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism. Now, The Lafayette Sword is available in English, an action-packed tale about gold and its power to fascinate and corrupt with a captivating plot that weaves alchemy and the Middle Ages into a modern-day thriller. Giacometti is a former investigative journalist. Ravenne is a literary critic, a specialist on the life of the Marquis de Sade, and a Freemason. Here they answer a few questions.
In The Lafayette Sword, did you draw from real events?
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty, was a Freemason. As he played a large role in the building of the statue both in France and the United States, it is easy for lovers of conspiracy theories to perceive some omnipotent, tentacular Freemason power being expressed in the Statue of Liberty, making it not a symbol of liberty, but one of evil. Add to that Eric’s fascination with the Eiffel Tower, a carryover from his childhood. For the historical element, Nicolas Flamel, a real medieval scribe surrounded by a long-lasting legend about his achievements in alchemy, was a perfect character for a novel: his biography was sufficiently porous to be filled by our imagination, and the stories already told about him marvellous enough to find a destiny in such a thriller.
When did both of your interests in history begin, and what eras are you each most interested in?
We have always been fascinated by history, be it official history from the textbooks or more obscure history woven into the texture of big events. In high school, our schoolmates were playing rugby while we shared a fascination with novels recounting Templar knights, esoteric secrets, alchemy and Rennes-le-Château, where the Holy Grail was said to be hidden in the depths of the Cathar citadel. We used to wander the streets of Toulouse together, exploring that city, which is so full of history and marked by the Cathars. We would haunt libraries in search of spell books, and adventure out to Montségur and Rennes-le-Château in search of lost treasures. Jacques has a passion for the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century. It is not by chance that he wrote a novel on the life of the Marquis de Sade.
Tell us something about your writing partnership.
We take about nine months to write a novel: one month for the outline, two months of research, and the six remaining months for writing. When we come up with the outline, we see each other nearly every day. We set up the plot, balancing narration and characters, weaving in suspense, planning the cliffhangers. When we go into the research phase, the work is very solitary, because we have already defined who does what. Then comes the longer, harder work of writing. The novels in the series are built around two plot lines—one is set in modern day times with our protagonist, Inspector Antoine Marcas, while the other is historical. We each are responsible for one of the plot lines, but then we each rewrite what the other wrote. This requires a delicate touch, as writers are always very sensitive about their writing. Fortunately, we have known each other since we were teenagers, and we resolved our ego problems some time ago.
Is your hero Antoine Marcas based on you or people you know?
As a Freemason he believes in Freemason values, but he has a realistic understanding of the brotherhood and its faults. This isn’t the Mason of popular imagination whose initiation gave him instant access to arcane knowledge. He’s a divorced cop who has problems with his ex-wife and who evolves in a realistic universe. But it’s a universe where occasionally a more esoteric reality appears. Marcas was born from our disagreements. Eric had a negative image of freemasonry marked by its scandals, while Jacques was fed up with reading reductionist articles about the brotherhood. Over the years—we have written ten novels in the Antoine Marcas series in French—Eric has become “Mason-friendly,” but he maintains a critical distance from its influences. Antoine Marcas is an ideal, principled Freemason.
Why do you think the Masons are such a fascinating subject?
The Freemasons have intrigued the public since their creation in England at the end of the seventeenth century. Part of the fascination is political, as freemasonry often brings together wildly different people and personalities, which always unnerves the powers that be. People are also fascinated with the more esoteric side, the symbols and codes, and the fact that, because the masonic lodges in Europe have always been the keepers of occult traditions, such as alchemy.
Published by: Le French Book
Publication Date: August 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 266
ISBN: 1943998043 (ISBN13: 9781943998043)
Series: Antoine Marcas Freemason Thrillers Book 2
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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. Translator 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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