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Appointed 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 magic - not 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 king's 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 Paris' most illustrious churches and cathedrals.
As La Reynie continues his investigations, he is haunted by a single question: could Louis' mistresses 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 Reynie's compulsive note taking, as well as on letters and diaries, Tucker's riveting narrative makes the fascinating, real-life characters breathe and live.
©2017 Holly Tucker (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Josette Luvmour on 07-01-17

Great historic non-fiction

Well researched, well written, and well executed. There are lots of moving parts in this story, so you need a crib sheet of characters I suggest you consult Wikipedia, "affair of the Poisons."
Good read.

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By g. marks on 11-26-17

Taking one's job seriously

This book was fascinating! The first police chief of Paris, appointed by King Louis XIV, began cleaning up crime in Paris by installing street lamps to make the streets safer. While investigating crime whose victim were upperclass citizens, he began investigations which led him to discovering that poison was often being used. The purveyors of the poisons were many and some of the customers were close to the king. The author did voluminous research, resulting into a deep insight of the culture at this point in history. You'll be amazed at how well this police chief did his job!

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