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Really the suspense begins when Edmond is torn away from his near perfect life and thrown in jail far away on some big rock. Will he get free? Will he reclaim his life? Will he exact vengeance on those that hurt him? That's a lot of suspense to fill a book. The suspense is compounded by the fact that Edmond has taken the new identity as the Count of Monte Cristo. We always wonder if he will be found out.