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...
  • Kevin Parsons
    Feb 18, 2017
    Very interesting and well researched history. It is very difficult to sift through the many testimonies and interviews and separate truth from lies. Tucker does a good job presenting the events without trying to reach too many final conclusions. That restraint strengthens the integrity of the schola...
  • Miriam
    Mar 22, 2017
    Deception, intrigue, murder and betrayal from the roughest neighborhood up to the highest office in the land. This is not a book about today's political climate, but it might as well be! This incredible true story of The Affair of the Poisons, translated and made into narrative form by acclaimed aut...
  • Vera Marie
    Mar 08, 2017
    I had read Holly Tucker's fascinating history of the discovery of blood transfusions and looked forward to seeing her new book, City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic and the First Police Chief of Paris. I received an advance copy, and it did not disappoint.During the late 1600's, Louis XIV ru...
  • 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...
  • Kim
    Mar 16, 2017
    Excellently written. Tucker's prose is concise and suspenseful, and I appreciated the way she wove the gossip and political maneuvering of Louix XIV's court into La Reynie's attempts to police Paris. For someone like me, who knows very little about this time and place in history, the information pro...
  • Debbie
    Mar 16, 2017
    "City of Light, City of Poison" is a true crime book about a rash of poisonings that occurred in Paris in the 1670s. The book started by describing how violent Paris could be and how the first police chief of Paris cleaned up and lighted the city along with other efforts to reduce crime. Then a good...
  • Ionia
    Mar 26, 2017
    I wouldn't say that this book was what I thought it was going to be, based off the provided description, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. In the beginning, I expected this would read more as a non-fiction book about the police forces and their investigations, but it turned out that it reads...