City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris Author Holly Tucker
ISBN-10 0393239780
ISBN-13 9780393239782
Year 2017-03-21
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A fierce tale of conspiracy and retribution Thanks to Tuckers sympathetic necromancy and her luscious resurrection of everyday detail even in gilded palaces the human psyche seems familiarly deceitful and self justifying Michael Sims author of The Story of Charlottes Web and Arthur and SherlockAppointed to conquer the crime capital of the world the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s Assigned by Louis XIV Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris turning it into the City of Light The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city He unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners witches and renegade priests As he exposes their unholy work he soon learns that no one is safe from black magicnot even the Sun King In a world where a royal glance can turn success into disgrace the distance between the quietly back stabbing world of the kings court and the criminal underground proves disturbingly short Nobles settle scores by employing witches to craft poisons and by hiring priests to perform dark rituals in Pariss most illustrious churches and cathedrals As La Reynie continues his investigations he is haunted by a single question Could Louiss mistresses could be involved in such nefarious plots The pragmatic and principled La Reynie must decide just how far he will go to protect his king From secret courtrooms to torture chambers City of Light City of Poison is a gripping true crime tale of deception and murder Based on thousands of pages of court transcripts and La Reynies compulsive note taking as well as on letters and diaries Tuckers riveting narrative makes the fascinating real life characters breathe on the page 8 pages of illustrations 1 map