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Title City of light, city of poison : murder, magic, and the first police chief of Paris / Holly Tucker.
Author Tucker, Holly.
Publication New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map
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Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A note on currency -- Burn notice -- Part I: "Day and night they kill here". Crime capital of the world -- City of light -- The street at the end of the world -- To market -- Part II: King of hearts. Agitation without disorder -- The dew and the torrent -- The door marked 1 -- "He will ... strangle me" -- Part III: "She will turn us all into poisoners". The golden viper -- "Madame is dying, madame is dead!" -- Poison in the pie -- An alchemist's last words -- The faithful servant -- "Brinvilliers is in the air" -- Part IV: "Cease your scandals". House of porcelain -- Offering -- "The sneakiest and meanest woman in the world" -- "Burn after reading" -- Dinner guests -- The question -- Monsters -- Part V: "She gave her soul gently to the Devil". Quanto -- Search and seizure -- A noble pair -- The burning chamber -- "Beginning to talk" -- Fortune-teller -- "From one fire to another" -- Part VI: Wicked truths. The poisoner's daughter -- Sacrifices -- "A strange agitation" -- Lock and key.
Summary Nicolas de La Reynie, appointed by Louis XIV as the first police chief of Paris, pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city, unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests, and discovers that the distance between the quiet backstabbing world of the king's court and the criminal underground is disturbingly short. As he continues his investigations, La Reynie suspects that Louis's mistresses are involved in many of the nefarious plots he has uncovered, and he must decide just how far he will go to protect his king. Tucker has crafted a gripping true-crime tale of deception and murder based on thousands of pages of court transcripts and La Reynie's notebooks, letters, and diaries.
Note Print version record.
Subject La Reynie, Gabriel Nicolas de, 1625-1709.
La Reynie, Gabriel Nicolas de, 1625-1709. (OCoLC)fst00285371
Police -- France -- Paris -- History -- 17th century.
Crime -- France -- Paris -- History -- 17th century.
Murder -- France -- Paris -- History -- 17th century.
Paris (France) -- History -- 17th century.
Crime. (OCoLC)fst00882984
Murder. (OCoLC)fst01029781
Police. (OCoLC)fst01068398
France -- Paris. (OCoLC)fst01205283
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Law Enforcement.
HISTORY / Europe / France.
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century.
TRUE CRIME / Murder.
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Tucker, Holly. City of light, city of poison. First edition. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017] 9780393239782 (DLC) 2016046270 (OCoLC)951070822
ISBN 9780393248845 (electronic bk.)
0393248844 (electronic bk.)

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