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Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
John Law had a fascinating life, and the author adds lots of sex and intrigue to the narrative, including some gratuitous orgy scenes. But it is a terrible translation, as if it was done by Google Translate and not then proofread by a native English speaker. In the first chapter, for example, his father dies after surgery to remove his gallstone -- or is it a kidney stone, as it is referred to later? On page 20, set in the late 17th century, "John calmly zipped up his fly." There are annoying errors and punctuation problems on nearly every page: "the read velvet bedspread," the alternating references to Law as "the Scotsman" and "the Scotchman."