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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."
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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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