On my reading list for 2013 is the new book about the father of Alexandre Dumas, The Black Count. It tells the story of Alex Dumas, who apparently inspired the Count of Monte Cristo and several other works by Alexandre. I've read a review that says the book gushes some about the father of the Musketeer creator, but Tom Reiss must have been taking cues from the novelist. Dumas was a romantic, so why not portray the father of the French icon the same way? Find more about the book by clicking on the image.