Daniel St. John is “the seducer,” a French shipping merchant doing business in England. Because of his wealth, Daniel is accepted on a small scale by society, but most of his friends find him mysterious. One of the mysteries is his beautiful, orphaned “cousin,” Diane Albret. She is English but has spent the last twelve years in a French convent school, where Daniel placed her when she was eight. She has no memory of her early life except a few brief flashes of unconnected images, and the yearly visits of the Devil Man, her name for Daniel. She accompanies him to England hoping to find her roots. Daniel has targeted three men in an elaborate scheme of vengeance, the key to which is Diane. Unfortunately, Daniel’s plan goes awry when he is seduced by his love for her. With The Seducer, Madeline Hunter introduces a new series set in the post-Napoleonic War period. Although Ms. Hunter has made a departure from the rich tapestry of her medieval series, her readers will not be disappointed. The Seducer is a suspenseful tale of revenge and right triumphing over evil.