A tale about the notorious 1978 kidnapping of Baron Édouard-Jean "Wado" Empain, intertwined with the story of his famous grandfather, the first baron and builder of the Paris Métro. A multigenerational saga told against the backdrops of both Belle Époque and 1970s high-fashion Paris.
Engaging, in-depth ... [A] detailed look ... An engrossing read about a multi-generational family dynasty and the lives they lived ... This is an immensely readable, impeccably written, and thoroughly researched tale of a kidnapping gone wrong. Ideal for readers who enjoy biography, social, political, and cultural history.
Sancton merges true-crime drama and family saga ... Sancton’s briskly paced narrative moves smoothly through three generations of family history, a complex crime plot, and a century’s worth of social and political background.