A dazzling stunt. Fry takes The Count of Monte Cristo and sets it in immaculately modern dress. Our hero, son of a Tory minister, is headed for Oxford, marriage to the beautiful and talented Portia, and a brilliant career. It all goes very wrong, and ultimately he sees his way through. The novel never seems archaic, each step is thoroughly thought through, and everything in this superficially-implausible tale is told with such clarity and imagination that we readily believe it all.