The history books say that Napoleon died of natural causes. Napoleon himself, expiring at 51 after a lifetime of robust health, suspected otherwise and ordered a thorough autopsy. His suspicions were well-founded. So clever was the crime, however, that until recent developments in forensic science, it was impossible to prove a case of murder, let alone name the killer. Now, the authors of this fascinating book assert, it has been done-by a brilliant man whose 20-year inquest, a feat of detection, has produced one of history’s greatest surprises.
What the critics say:
"History at its most electrifying" - Newsweek
"A nonfiction whodunit based on modern scientific technique" - New York Times
"A spellbinding whodunit about one of history's greatest crimes" - History Book Club
"Sensational ... as gripping as a detective novel yet scrupulously observant of historical fact" - Publishers Weekly
"Thoroughly convincing... A major Odyssey in historical research" - Harold C. Deutsch, professor of military history, U.S. Army War College