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

By Holly Tucker
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Book Details
  • Author: Holly Tucker
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Published: 2018-04-10
  • Edition: 1

In the late 1600s, Louis XIV assigns Nicolas de la Reynie to bring order to Paris after the brutal deaths of two magistrates. Reynie, pragmatic and fearless, discovers a network of witches, poisoners, and priests whose reach extends all the way to the king's court at Versailles. Based on court transcripts and Reynie's compulsive note-taking, Holly Tucker's engrossing true-crime narrative makes the characters breathe on the page as she follows the police chief into the dark labyrinths of crime-ridden Paris, the halls of royal palaces, secret courtrooms, and torture chambers.