Burn it All Cogito, 2020
On April 25, 1849, a serious threat hangs over Montreal, the capital of United Canada. As the government prepares to compensate French-Canadian victims of the 1837 Rebellion, Orangemen set fire to the Parliament Buildings and the 25,000 books of the National Library. Governor-General Elgin hesitated to launch the imperial army against his compatriots. With their murderous ambitions camouflaged behind this smokescreen, influential men attempt to seize the immense fortune of Henry Blake, the gas magnate, who is found murdered in his castle. The life of Marie-Violaine Blake, his young widow, and that of his father, the chief engineer Gustave Hamelin, are threatened. Stéphane Talbot, the heir to the Grand-Remous seigneury, will stop at nothing to save Marie-Violaine, his beloved. At the end of this day of fire, the story of the characters will have changed so unexpectedly that one must admit that one rarely receives one’s gift from Divine Providence, but rather, as the author writes, according to the tortuous ways of poetic justice.