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

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 o...

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Title:City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris
Author:Holly Tucker
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ISBN:0393239780
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages

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

  • Emesskay
    Dec 14, 2016
    This is a history book that reads like a mystery or thriller. I found the book very hard to put down , and stayed up way past my bedtime in order to finish it. Many of the criminals sound like villains from a storybook, except they were real people who actually did these things, lived these lives. I...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Mar 28, 2017
    Review: This was a fascinating and well-researched story, but it wasn't told in a particularly engaging way."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 beg...
  • SibylM
    Apr 02, 2017
    This is a very well-written and engrossing story, meticulously documented and sourced. That said, the whole "Affair of the Poisons" -- with its reliance on people informing against each other under torture, mass hysteria, accusations of witchcraft, black masses, infant sacrifice -- reminded me of th...
  • Robert Melnyk
    Apr 27, 2017
    I struggled between giving this book either 2 or 3 stars. The history was really interesting, but I thought the book was very hard to follow. There were so many characters introduced which I thought were not fully explained or developed that it was sometimes hard to keep everyone straight. The book ...
  • Sean Gibson
    May 08, 2017
    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they’re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)…oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, let’...
  • Rachel
    Mar 18, 2017
    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not.I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I got were pages upon p...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jul 13, 2017
    Full review at TheBibliophage.comHolly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable story. It’s ...
  • Annie
    Jun 18, 2017
    An intensely well-researched book about a little-known (okay, so it was little-known to me, anyway) and fairly bizarre slice of French history. There are a lot of details. Details outside the main story, details that you miiiiiiiight just not care enough about. So I don't think this is a book for ev...
  • Chris
    Jun 24, 2017
    I picked this up because I read about this scandel before. If you are watching, or have watched, the series Versailles, you should read this. Tucker's book is quite well researched, and she goes into depth with all the players in the scandel surronding the royal court, murder, and child killing. A g...
  • Noah Goats
    Jun 11, 2017
    Sometimes a review will say that a non fiction book reads "like a novel," and this is considered a big compliment. Well, I read a novel about this same event last year (La Chambre Ardente, by Max Gallo) and City of Light, City of Poison was better than that novel in every way. This book nicely sketc...